First Lines of the New Gary Shteyngart

February 10, 2010 | 1 book mentioned 3

Here are the first lines of the new Gary Shteyngart novel, Super Sad True Love Story, forthcoming in July: “Today I’ve made a major decision: I am never going to die. Others will die around me. They will be nullified. Nothing of their personality will remain. The light switch will be turned off.”

created The Millions and is its publisher. He and his family live in New Jersey.


  1. I like this whole first line from upcoming books thing you have going on. These first lines do not make me want to read this book, though. Too precious.

  2. I can’t tell you how happy I am to see the phrase “new Gary Shteyngart novel”!

    It wasn’t on most of those “books we’re excited about next year lists”, so a welcome surprise. Plus, it’s a heckuva sentence.

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