"A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian" is bestselling author Marina Lewycka's hilarious and award winning debut novel. 'Two years after my mother died, my father fell in love with a glamorous blonde Ukrainian divorcee. He was eighty-four and she was thirty-six. She exploded into our lives like a fluffy pink grenade, churning up the murky water ...Read More"A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian" is bestselling author Marina Lewycka's hilarious and award winning debut novel. 'Two years after my mother died, my father fell in love with a glamorous blonde Ukrainian divorcee. He was eighty-four and she was thirty-six. She exploded into our lives like a fluffy pink grenade, churning up the murky water, bringing to the surface a sludge of sloughed-off memories, giving the family ghosts a kick up the backside.' Sisters Vera and Nadezhda must aside a lifetime of feuding to save their emigre engineer father from voluptuous gold-digger Valentina. With her proclivity for green satin underwear and boil-in-the-bag cuisine, she will stop at nothing in her pursuit of Western wealth. But the sisters' campaign to oust Valentina unearths family secrets, uncovers fifty years of Europe's darkest history and sends them back to roots they'd much rather forget..."It's rare to find a first novel that gets so much right...Lewycka is a seriously talented comic writer". ("Time Out"). "Hugely enjoyable...yields a golden harvest of family truths". ("Daily Telegraph"). "Delightful, funny, touching". ("Spectator"). Bestselling author Marina Lewkyca has received great critical acclaim since the publication of her hilarious first novel "A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian" in 2005, which was the winner of the Bollinger Everyman Prize for Comic Fiction 2005, winner of the Saga Award for Wit 2005, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2005 and longlisted for the Booker prize 2005. Her other humorous novels "Two Caravans" (published as Strawberry Fields in the USA and Canada), "We Are All Made of Glue" and "Various Pets Alive and Dead" are also available from Penguin.Read Less
This was an interesting book; very different from what I expected. A strange story.
Jan 30, 2009
This is a great book that draws you in immediately and only gets better as you read on. Despite the fact that you have never experienced the circumstances described in the book, you can totally relate to it because it speaks to universal truths. Highly recommended.
Aug 30, 2007
Not to be missed.
This book is very unusual and so true to the life of a marriage between an old man and a young woman with a hidden agenda. It is narrated by the daughter who expresses her feelings in asides which are hilarious. Do not worry about the strange title as, though tractors do feature, they are not the main theme of the book and, in fact, are interesting and informative believe it or not! Do try it , I'm sure you will like it especially if you are over 60 years old.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-01-17 The premise of Lewycka's debut novel is classic Viagra comedy: a middle-aged professor's aging and widowed father announces he intends to marry a blonde, big-breasted 30-something woman he has met at the local Ukrainian Social Club in the English town where he lives, north of London. It is clear to Nadezhda and her sister, Vera, that the femme fatale Valentina is only after Western luxuries-certainly not genuine love of any kind. Smitten with the ambitious hussy, their father forges ahead to help Valentina settle in England, spending what little pension he has buying her cars and household appliances and even financing her cosmetic surgery. In the meantime, Nadezhda, a socialist, and Vera, a proud capitalist, confront the longstanding ill will between them as they try to save their father from his folly. Predictable and sometimes repetitive hilarity ensues. But then Lewycka's comic narrative changes tone. Nadezhda, who has never known much about her parents' history, pieces it together with her sister and learns that there is more to her cartoonish father than she once believed. "I had thought this story was going to be a knockabout farce, but now I see it is developing into a knockabout tragedy," Nadezhda says at one point, and though she is referring to Valentina, she might also be describing this unusual and poignant novel. Agent, Bill Hamilton. (Mar. 7) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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