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A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
by Marina Lewycka
From The Jacket:An amusing, astonishing debut . . . about how a family learns to let go of the past and live and love in the present." The Atlanta Journal Constitution With this wise, tender, and deeply funny novel, Marina Lewycka takes her place alongside Zadie Smith and Monica Ali as a writer who can capture the unchanging verities of family. When an elderly and newly widowed Ukrainian immigrant announces his intention to remarry, his daughters must set aside their longtime feud to thwart him. For their father's intended is a voluptuous old country gold digger with a proclivity for green satin underwear and an appetite for the good life of the West. As the hostilities mount and family secrets spill out, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian combines sex, bitchiness, wit, and genuine warmth in its celebration of the pleasure of growing old disgracefully.
I very much enjoyed this charming novel. It's an interesting story with very distinct, fully developed characters. It's a wonderful combination of funny and sad. However, I did feel it was slow in spots.
by-Barb 2009/11/28, 08:31 PM
(3.5 stars) This is a fast read which centers on the the dynamics of a dysfunctional family. One of my favorite things about this book was the clever dialog between the characters, it was sharp and really kept you interested. An 84 year old man lusting after a younger women also made for some very interesting reading.
by-Lyn 2009/11/10, 06:13 PM
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