Gary Shteyngart en A 'Little Failure' Finds His Place <p><strong><em>Little Failure</em> by Gary Shteyngart</strong></p><p></p><p></p><p>When Gary Shteyngart was a young child, his mother would call him "Solnyshko," which means "little sun."</p><p>But after the Shteyngarts left Leningrad for the United States in the late 1970s, his parents were disappointed with his aspirations of being a writer. His mother melded English and Russian to come up with the pet name, "Failurchka." The translation? Little Failure. Shteyngart has adopted this name as the title for his new memoir.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Beth Golay 28736 at A 'Little Failure' Finds His Place