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A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

by Marina Lewycka

Customer Rating: 4 Stars (from 1 Member)
Category: Fiction / General
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 2 March 2006
Number of pages: 336
Prizes: Winner of Saga Award for Wit 2005.
Winner of Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2006.
Winner of British Book Awards: Newcomer of the Year 2005.
Shortlisted for Orange Prize 2005.

Sisters Vera and Nadezhda must put aside feuding to save their engineer father from gold-digger Valentina. With her proclivity for satin underwear and boil-in-the-bag cuisine, she will stop at nothing in her pursuit of wealth. But the sisters' campaign to oust Valentina unearths secrets and sends them back to roots they'd much rather forget.

What the papers say:
'Extremely funny' - The Times. 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) 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)

Author's Biography:
Marina Lewycka lives in Sheffield with her husband and daughter, and teaches at Sheffield Hallam University.

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