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Lara Vapnyar

Lara Vapnyar is the author of two collections of short stories: There Are Jews in My House and Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love. Her novel The Scent of Pine is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster in 2014. 


Illustration by Lauren Simkin Berke

Virtual Grave

Winter 2014 | Fiction

About a year ago, Sergey had stopped looking for a job. He now spent his time scouting the internet, hoping to come up with an app idea that would make him successful. It was the banal apps that sold. If only Sergey could think of something like that, instead of coming up with his stupid existential shit. He had the mind of a scholar, not a businessman. It was genetic.