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No, it isn't all about tractors.
It's a very funny book. I don't often think this, but I really hope someone makes this into a film, it has the potential to be hilarious.
What's it about? Well, there's an elderly gentleman, who falls for a 30 something blond, well endowed Ukrainian. The humour is apparent in some places, in other's,it is very subtle.
The daughters are against this match, and that's when the comedy starts for real. There are some lovely passages where the author uses pathos to contrast with the humorous incidents.
When I first saw the book, I did wonder whether to bother buying it, I'm really glad I did.
Now for the bumph from the jacket back, if I tell you any more I'll be spoiling the novel.

"Two years after my mother died, my father fell in love with a glamorous 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 emigre engineer father from the 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....

I will definitely make a point of reading her next book, "Two Caravans"

1 Comment:

  1. Elisabeth said...
    Nice blog. I will have to go to the library to check some of these out.

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