The Lubetkin Legacy

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Fig Tree, 2016 - Humorous stories - 357 pages
"Don't let them get the flat!' - these are Lily Lukashenko's dying words to her son. North London in the twenty-first century- a place where a son will swiftly adopt an old lady and take her home from hospital to impersonate his dear departed mother, rather than lose the council flat. A time of golden job opportunities, though you might have to dress up as a coffee bean or work as an intern at an undertaker or put up with champagne and posh French dinners while your boss hits on you. A place rich in language - whether it's Romanian, Ukrainian, Russian, Swahili or buxom housing officers talking managementese. A place where husbands go absent without leave and councillors sacrifice cherry orchards at the altar of new builds. Marina Lewycka tells a new, funny, brilliant story of life, love, death and the perils of not being George Clooney in the modern world."

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User Review  - spiralsheep - LibraryThing

45/2020. Enjoyed this bleakly comic novel until the chapter with a sudden graphic accident, told in the first person, which happened to hit one of my personal squicks. I skipped past the remainder of ... Read full review

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I can’t remember why I requested The Lubetkin Legacy for review, I have a feeling it was to satisfy a challenge. Whatever the reason, I’m glad I did, mostly. The Lubetkin Legacy is a quirky, rather ... Read full review

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About the author (2016)

Marina Lewycka was born of Ukrainian parents in a refugee camp in Kiel, Germany, at the end of the war, and grew up in England. She teaches at Sheffield Hallam University. She is married, with a grown-up daughter, and lives in Sheffield. Her first novel, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, was translated into 28 languages and was also long listed for The Man Booker Prize 2005, short listed for The Orange Prize for Fiction 2005 and winner of the Bollinger Everyman prize for Comic Fiction 2005 and the Saga Award for Wit 2005. Her second novel Two Caravansis published in February 2007.

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