A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka

By Marina Lewycka

With this clever, delicate, and deeply humorous novel, Marina Lewycka takes her position along Zadie Smith and Monica Ali as a author who can trap the unchanging verities of kin. whilst an aged and newly widowed Ukrainian immigrant broadcasts his goal 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 nice lifetime of the West. because the hostilities mount and kinfolk secrets and techniques spill out, a brief background of Tractors in Ukrainian combines intercourse, bitchiness, wit, and actual heat in its get together of the excitement of getting old disgracefully.

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Hey,' breathed Martinez, eyes wide. ' Manulo touched a lapel. ' said Gomez, coldly. 'Mr Shumway, the ice-cream white, size thirty-four, was in your window just an hour ago! It's gone! ' Mr Shumway exhaled. 'No, no. In the dressing-room. ' Martinez did not know if he moved and moved the crowd or if the crowd moved and moved him. Suddenly they were all in motion. Mr Shumway, running, tried to keep ahead of them. 'This way, gents. Now which of you . . ' Martinez heard himself say, and laughed wildly.

Gomez sighed. 'All right A half-hour each. But from now on, remember, we each wear the suit just one night a week. ' laughed Vamenos. ' Gomez held on to Martinez tight. 'Gomez,' urged Martinez, 'you first. ' Gomez could not tear his eyes from that disreputable Vamenos. At last, impulsively, he yanked his shirt off over his head. ' he howled. ' Whisper rustle . . the clean shirt. 'Ah . . ' How clean the new clothes feel, thought Martinez, holding the coat ready. How clean they sound, how clean they smell!

Gomez ran down the line rustling the yellow tape-measure here and there on the men so they laughed even more wildly. ' he said. 'It took a month, four weeks, mind you, to find four guys the same size and shape as me, a month of running around measuring. Sometimes I found guys with five-foot-five skeletons, sure, but all the meat on their bones was too much or not enough. Sometimes their bones were too long in the legs or too short in the arms. Boy, all the bones! I tell you! But now, five of us, same shoulders, chests, waists, arms, and as for weight?

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