Strawberry Fields

Marina Lewycka - Author

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ISBN 9780143113553 | 320 pages | 29 Apr 2008 | Penguin | 5.59 x 8.50in | 18 - AND UP
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The bestselling author of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian is back with an “effervescent comedy” (The New Yorker)

The follow up to her hugely popular first novel presents a Canterbury Tales–inspired picaresque that is also a biting satire of economic exploitation. When a ragtag international crew of migrant workers is forced to flee the strawberry fields they have been working in, they set off across England looking for employment. Displaying the same sense of compassion, social outrage, and gift for hilarity that she showed in A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, Marina Lewycka chronicles their bumpy road trip with a tender affection for her downtrodden characters and their search for a taste of the good life.

“[A] comic genius . . . [Lewycka is] more precisely a mistress of the tragicomic, seamlessly welding humor and pathos into realistically zany episodes.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“ It’s more than just funny. It’s also sad and wise and tender and generous and even sexy. . . . One way or another, these strawberry fields are forever.”
The Washington Post

“ A stunning novel. . . . Strawberry Fields stands along the best of Zadie Smith and Monica Ali. It is sometimes outrageous, sometimes bawdy, and constantly entertaining.”
The Seattle Times

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