Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972 and moved to the United States with his family seven years later. His debut novel, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, won the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. It was also named a New York Times Notable Book, a best book of the year by the Washington Post and Entertainment Weekly, and one of the best debuts of the year by the Guardian. His fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire and the New York Times Magazine. His most recent work is a memoir, Little Failure (2014).