Sunday, August 26, 2007
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Monica Lewycka
The loony protagonist of this novel is an eighty-four year old, recently widowed man who falls for bosomy thirty-six year old Valentina. She is looking for wealth and a way to maintain her visa before it expires. His daughters Vera and Nadezhda, who have had their differences, are reunited by their concern for their father's future. The author was born to Ukrainain parents in a refugee camp in Germany. This novel is a funny and touching look at family relationships.