Dan Cryer on Irina Reyn's debut novel, What Happened to Anna K, for Newsday:
It's easy to take sides in the ancient battle between authenticity and fakery this story portrays. Yet, Reyn is shrewd enough to know that it isn't always easy to discern the difference.
She is an astute chronicler of smart people making foolish choices. She makes Anna's downward spiral not only credible but horrifically beautiful. She is equally attentive to her dual protagonists, giving to Lev's acceptance of his limitations a poignancy and gravitas it deserves.