"Two years after my mother died, my father fell in love with a glamorous blonde Ukranian 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 sludge of sloughed-off memories, giving the family ghosts a kick up the backside."
When their recently-widowed father announces he plans to remarry, sisters Vera and Nadezhda realise they must put aside a lifetime of feuding in order to save him. His new love is a voluptuous gold-digger from the Ukraine half his age, with a proclivity for green satin underwear and boil-in-the-bag cuisine, who stops at nothing in her single-minded pursuit of the luxurious Western lifestyle she dreams of. But the old man, too, is pursuing his eccentric dreams - and writing a history of tractors in Ukrainian.
A wise, tender and deeply funny novel about families, the belated healing of old wounds,the trials and consolations of old age and - really - about the legacy of Europe's history over the last fifty years.
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by Marina Lewycka
Paperback, 324 pages
Published 2006 by Penguin Books
edition language: English
This was a Christmas gift and it will be my next reading. I never heard about the author, but after reading the overview I'm really excited to read it!
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