In What Happened to Anna K., Irina Reyn takes the story of Anna Karenina and sets in modern day New York, in the Russian Jewish immigrant community. For the most part it works very well, and even though I knew the broad strokes of the story, I was very interested in seeing how she would make everything work together. After all, would Anna even work as a character in the 21st century? Given the different times, it doesn’t seem like what she did was that scandalous. However, that’s where the fact that Reyn chose such a specific community truly worked in her favor. Divorce isn’t nearly the deal now that it was then, and as a woman, Anna would have had many more options, but if she was still raised with a certain idea in mind and surrounded by a certain type of women, the difficulties would still remain. Full review.
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