Lara Vapnyar’s story, “Waiting for the Miracle,” as well as an interview with the author, appear in this week’s issue of The New Yorker. The opening lines of the interview should prove irresistible to Cohen fans:
Your piece in this week’s issue, “Waiting for the Miracle,” tells the story of a young Russian man who arrives in the U.S. for the first time and spends a night looking for the miracle of a true New York City adventure. His expectations are actually met. Do you think that’s a common experience for a Russian émigré in New York?
Oh, yes! Happens all the time. But only to those Russian émigrés who live according to Leonard Cohen’s lyrics as if they were the Bible.
The interview, This Week in Fiction: Lara Vapnyar on Living According to Leonard Cohen Lyrics by Deborah Treisman (New Yorker: 18 April 2016) is available online at the link.
The story itself can be accessed at “Waiting for the Miracle” by Lara Vapnyar (New Yorker: April 25, 2016)