A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
The hilarious and award winning debut novel from bestselling author Marina Lewycka
‘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.
A delightful first novel . . . an understanding of history, a profundity, and yet a lightness of touch, that are a joy . . . funny, touching and completely convincing * The Spectator * More than just a jolly romp with political undertones is the way it captures the peculiar flavour of Eastern European immigrant life . . . a very rich mixture indeed, as well as very enjoyable reading * The Times * Thought-provoking, uproariously funny, a comic feast. A riotous oil painting of senility, lust and greed * TLS * Enthralling * Sunday Times * Wit, humour, sparkling dialogue, vivid characterization and generous spirit. Food for thought and a great read * Daily Mail * Memorably inventive, unexpectedly moving * Daily Telegraph * Hugely enjoyable . . . yields a golden harvest of family truths * The Times * A delightful first novel . . . an understanding of history, a profundity, and yet a lightness of touch, that are a joy... funny and touching * The Daily Mail * Hilarious * The Times * Mad and hilarious * Grazia * A clever, touching story * Economist * Ploughs a rich comic furrow * Daily Telegraph * Intelligent, lively, well written and compassionate * Financial Times * Extremely funny * The Times * Outstanding * Literary Review * An extraordinary read . . . nothing short of amazing. A rare treat, all too easy to gulp down in one greedy sitting * Spectator * Remarkable, a lovely novel * Sunday Telegraph * Funny, gritty, original ... one I adore * Independent * More than just a jolly romp with political undertones is the way it captures the peculiar flavour of Eastern European immigrant life . . . a very rich mixture indeed, as well as very enjoyable reading * Daily Express * It's rare to find a first novel that gets so much right . . . Lewycka is a seriously talented comic writer * Time Out *
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