“The Line” – a new story of mine in GRANTA #148


At one point in A Gentleman in Moscow, the character Mishka ruminates that the line was one of Lenin’s greatest innovations: “He established it by decree in 1917 and personally took the first slot as his comrades jostled to line up behind him. Then one by one, every Russian took his place, and the line grew longer and longer until it shared all of the attributes of life.” After writing this passage, I was taken by the notion of a Russian citizen who, given his personality and upbringing, was destined to be the perfect man to wait in lines…
My short story that sprang from this notion — aptly titled The Line — was recently published in the summer fiction edition of the literary journal Granta. The physical edition is a lovely item that can be obtained through Indie Bound, the independent bookstores’ online service here, or through Amazon here.

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