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Invitation to a Bonfire

Adrienne Celt’s book, Invitation to a Bonfire, pieces together diary pages from a fictional young woman named Zoya, and love letters from a fictional Russian writer named Leo "Lev" Orlov (based on Vladimir Nabokov). In doing so, she builds up sexual and violent tension to a point where I hit the end of the novel and thought, HOLY SHIT. 

The Idiot

But Batuman decides to set her rather millennial novel in the mid-90s. Before the internet, before cell phones, and certainly, before the advent of millennial pink.


The book is an intertwining mystery of different narratives that keeps you reading til its (depressing, I'll admit) end.