In the wake of factory closings and his beloved wife's death, Lev is on his way from Eastern Europe to London, seeking work to support his family. Homesickness dogs him, not only for nostalgic reasons, but because he doesn't belong, body or soul, to his new country.In the wake of factory closings and his beloved wife's death, Lev is on his way from Eastern Europe to London, seeking work to support his family. Homesickness dogs him, not only for nostalgic reasons, but because he doesn't belong, body or soul, to his new country.Read Less
Publishers Weekly, 2009-05-25 Tremain's novel is a tender rendering of immigrant life in Britain, with all its cultural and financial complexities, its sadness, sunshine and striving to find the road home. Juliet Stevenson is an ideal narrator; her soft, low-pitched tones lure listeners in and keep them hooked. She copes well with a wide range of male and female, British, Irish, Indian and eastern European accents with characterizations that are believable and easy to distinguish. The abridgment is exceptional; episodes seem sequential and character development clear, while musical intervals indicate omissions. A Little, Brown hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 21). (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2008-04-21 Tremain (Restoration) turns in a low-key but emotionally potent look at the melancholia of migration for her 14th book. Olev, a 42-year-old widower from an unnamed former east bloc republic, is taking a bus to London, where he imagines every man resembles Alec Guinness and hard work will be rewarded by wealth. He has left behind a sad young daughter, a stubborn mother and the newly shuttered sawmill where he had worked for years. His landing is harsh: the British are unpleasant, immigrants are unwelcome, and he's often overwhelmed by homesickness. But Lev personifies Tremain's remarkable ability to craft characters whose essential goodness shines through tough, drab circumstances. Among them are Lydia, the fellow expatriate; Christy, Lev's alcoholic Irish landlord who misses his own daughter; and even the cruelly demanding Gregory, chef-proprietor of the posh restaurant where Lev first finds work. A contrived but still satisfying ending marks this adroit emigre's look at London. (Aug.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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