Either/Or, Elif Batuman’s second novel, continues Selin’s story as she enters her second year at university. Selin ruminates over her summer in Hungary, the people she met, her teaching job, and, more importantly, Ivan. The humour that the reader appreciates in The Idiot, both in terms of observation and self-deprecation, imbues the novel. Selin gains confidence and tests boundaries. Despite the ambivalent title, Selin makes stronger resolutions.