An exciting and hilarious debut vel: a remarkable picaresque set in post-Soviet Georgia--land of corruption, love, and power shortage In the republic of Georgia, the Communists are long gone, replaced by . . . well, by what? Something much more confusing. There are jobs in the cities. And when there are jobs, employees aren't compensated. And when they are compensated, it's because the jobs are . . . t strictly scrupulous. In the village, life goes on much as it always did, but these days, the homemade farmers cheese is giving way to the oil pipeline. And as for romance in this strange, confounding modern age . . . the less said, the better But there's one man in Georgia who remains unseduced by corruption, unfazed by stalgia, and unable to abandon chivalry, matter how antiquated a tion it may be. This man is Slims Achmed Makashvili, a humble maritime lawyer and the hero of this brilliant vel When Slims discovers an application for an American small business internship program sponsored by Hillary Clinton, he kws that he has found his calling. In his letters to Senator Clinton, Slims dreams of bringing efficiency, opportunity, and the American dream to his homeland, even as his friends and relatives embrace decadence, lethargy, and a staggering array of unsavory business practices. But when he finally gets to America--specifically to utopian San Francisco, where the streets are paved with quia--Slims sees what reform and progress look like up close. And suddenly, his loud, bickering family and his anguished, joyful country longer seem so grim A gleeful picaresque, a visionary satire, and a work of extraordinary empathy and imagination, Waiting for the Electricity is a marvelously imaginative debut vel.
Christina Nichol is a 2012 recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award. Nichol grew up in the Bay Area, studied at the University of Oregon, and received her MFA from the University of Florida. She has traveled widely, worked for nonprofit film companies, and taught English in India, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, and, of course, Georgia. Her work has been published in Harper's, Guernica and Lucky Peach. Waiting for the Electricity is her first book.