Novelist Gary Shteyngart on his new book, Lake Success.

The Richness of Lake Success

The Richness of Lake Success

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Sept. 5 2018 7:52 PM

Hedging Your Bets With Lake Success

Gary Shteyngart’s new novel is all about hedge funds and traveling across America by bus.

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Lake Success author Gary Shteyngart.

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Wealth and road trips are two of America’s favorite obsessions. In his new novel, Lake Success, Gary Shteyngart explores these themes through the story of a hedge fund manager who, after a crisis, takes a trip across the country by bus. Shteyngart joins us today to discuss his research on Wall Street, the concept of privilege, and his trips on Greyhound busses.

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