Synopses & Reviews
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
with the biographer Richard Holmes.