Waiting for the Electricity

Author(s): Christina Nicol


In the republic of Georgia, the Communists are long gone, replaced by something much more confusing, that's for sure. There are no jobs in the cities. And when there are jobs, employees aren't compensated. And when they are compensated, it's because the jobs are not strictly scrupulous. When Slims discovers an application for an American small business internship program sponsored by Hillary Clinton, he knows that he has found his calling. Slims' dreams of bringing opportunity and the American dream to his homeland, even as his friends and relatives embrace decadence and a staggering array of unsavoury business practices. But when he finally gets to America he sees what reform and progress look like up close. And suddenly, his loud, bickering family and his anguished, joyful country no longer seem so grim.


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'This book is a triumphant, sustained comic performance. I can't recall a contemporary American novel anywhere near as funny' Norman Rush author of Mating 'Waiting for the Electricity is a wildly original debut. It tackles cultural clashes with satirical hilarity.' Jill Ciment, author of Heroic Measures 'A fine debut and a welcome antidote to the provincialism of so much recent American fiction' David Leavitt, author of The Two Hotel Francforts

Christina Nichol grew up in the Bay Area and studied at the University of Oregon. She has travelled widely, worked for non-profit film companies, and taught English in India, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and, of course, Georgia.

General Fields

  • : 9780715649879
  • : Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
  • : Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
  • : February 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Christina Nicol
  • : Hardback