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  • Published: 31 March 2006
  • ISBN: 9780141900520
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian




Fabulous new reissue of the Booker longlisted first book from Britain's funniest bestselling novelist

'Two years after my mother died, my father fell in love with a glamourous 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 put aside a lifetime of feuding to save their émigré 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...

  • Published: 31 March 2006
  • ISBN: 9780141900520
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

About the author

Marina Lewycka

Marina Lewycka's novel A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian was long-listed for the 2005 Man Booker Prize and short-listed for the 2005 Orange Prize for Fiction. Subsequent novels include Various Pets Alive and Dead; Two Caravans; We Are All Made of Glue and The Lubetkin Legacy.

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