A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
Viking, 2005. A trade paperback copy in very good condition.
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 luxury 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 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. The author was born of Ukranian parents in a refugee camp in Kiel, Germany, at the end of the war and grew up in England. This is her first novel. It came runner-up for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2005