A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka

By Marina Lewycka

With this clever, soft, and deeply humorous novel, Marina Lewycka takes her position along Zadie Smith and Monica Ali as a author who can catch the unchanging verities of family members. while an aged and newly widowed Ukrainian immigrant declares his purpose to remarry, his daughters needs to put aside their longtime feud to thwart him. for his or her father's meant is a voluptuous old-country gold digger with a proclivity for eco-friendly satin lingerie and an urge for food for the great lifetime of the West. because the hostilities mount and relatives secrets and techniques spill out, a brief historical past of Tractors in Ukrainian combines intercourse, bitchiness, wit, and actual heat in its party of the excitement of getting older disgracefully.

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His was only one of the busy streets that crisscrossed Pompeii in a grid that held both shops and homes, some little more than huts and others with doors opening to grand villas. The city moved with surprising intensity, even in these early summer months when the vacationers were fewer, many choosing to remain in Rome while the weather was pleasant. Unlike Octavia, he had not come to Pompeii for the weather, but he meant to enjoy it nonetheless. In truth, he meant to enjoy everything about his new life.

She glanced at him from under lowered lids, then lifted her head for a better look. He was strong but a bit grizzled, with deep lines about the eyes.  . Jewish. She waited for him to look at her. indd 48 6/28/13 10:20 AM C i t y on F i r e : A Nov e l of P om pe i i her a dipperful of water, lifting it above his head for her to hold as she drank. She took the lukewarm water in her mouth and swallowed. ” His head jerked upward and he peered into her eyes. ” He smiled slightly. She nodded. ” Word had come from Rome that Emperor Vespasian had died, and his son Titus succeeded him.

My apologies. ” He nodded to each of his four companions and introduced them all in turn. Cato knew none of them. Taurus inhaled deeply, as though bracing himself. ” Cato tried to read Taurus’s eyes, unsure whether to share his mind about the man who seemed to control the town. ” He held up his palms. ” Taurus’s direct question surprised him. Alliances in Rome were a tricky game. Were things simpler here in Pompeii, so far south of the mother city? indd 42 6/28/13 10:20 AM C i t y on F i r e : A Nov e l of P om pe i i He examined Taurus’s eyes once more, then decided on forthrightness.

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