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The Road Home


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ISBN13: 9780316002622
ISBN10: 0316002623
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In the wake of factory closings and his beloved wife's death, Lev makes his way from Eastern Europe to London, seeking work to support his mother and his little daughter. After a spell of homelessness, he finds a job in the kitchen of a posh restaurant and a room in the house of an appealing Irishman who has already lost his family. Never mind that Lev must sleep in a bunk bed surrounded by plastic toys--he has found a friend and shelter. However constricted his life in England remains, he compensates by daydreaming of home, by having an affair with a younger restaurant worker, and by trading gossip and ambitions via cell phone with his hilarious friend Rudi, who, dreaming of the wealthy West, lives largely for his battered Chevrolet.

Homesickness dogs Lev, not only for nostalgic reasons, but because he doesn't belong, body or soul, to his new country--but can he really go home again? Rose Tremain's prodigious talents as a prose writer are on full display in THE ROAD HOME, and her novel never loses sight of what is truly important in the lives we lead.

About the Author

Rose Tremain's fiction has won the Whitbread Novel of the Year (Music and Silence) and has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize (Restoration) and the Orange Prize (The Colour). Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker and The Paris Review, among other periodicals, and one was selected for The O. Henry Prize Stories 2008. Rose Tremain lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer Richard Holmes.

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Marie-Susanne, January 4, 2011 (view all comments by Marie-Susanne)
This is the funny and touching story of immigrant life in London. Lev is a 42-year old widower and economic refugee from Eastern Europe who finds life in his new country much harder than expected. It’s not all struggle and homesickness, however. Tremain, in this her 14th book, builds fantastic comedic characters. My favorite is Rudi, Lev's friend back home, a taxi driver with a broken-down but cherished "Tchevi," symbol of another "promised land." This book is for anyone who feels the pull of two countries or who wonders about those who do. The ending is somewhat contrived, but I loved the book so much, all is forgiven.
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shermill, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by shermill)
Rose Tremain created a poignant character, Lev, an immigrant to London from an Eastern European country who got into my heart and my head. Lev brought me closer to the immigrant experience of my own grandparents and made me care deeply about what became of him at a time when I was enduring the health crisis of my husband, and the death of a beloved sister-in-law. Rose Tremain writes beautifully and this book is perfectly paced......almost a page turner, yet rich in cultural references with a sub-strata for foodies as well.
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Product Details

A Novel
Tremain, Rose
Back Bay Books
London (England) Social life and customs.
East Europeans - England - London
Literature-A to Z
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8.10x5.40x1.30 in. .85 lbs.

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