A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

By Marina Lewycka

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143036746, 294pp.

Publication Date: March 2006

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.

About the Author
MARINA LEWYCKA is the author of "A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian," which was nominated for the Man Booker and Orange prizes.

Praise For A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

"A charming comedy of eros... A ride that, despite the bumps and curves in the road, never feels anything less than jaunty." —Los Angeles Times

"Lewycka is a writer with a fundamentally optimistic vision of the future and a healthy curiosity about the past." —Chicago Tribune

"Charming, poignantly funny." —The Washington Post Book World