Imagine your widowed 84-year-old father takes up with a blonde Ukrainian in her 30s. She wants a visa and he wants female company. How do you react? Horror? Indignation? Compassion? This wackily titled novel takes this scenario and develops it with humour and insight.
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A SHORT HISTORY OF TRACTORS IN UKRAINIAN By Marina Lewycka Penguin. 326 pages. £7.99 ISBN 0 141 02052 0
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