'Rose Tremain does not disappoint. As always her writing has a delicious, crunchy precision.' Observer
A wise and witty look at the contemporary migrant experience.
Lev is on his way from Eastern Europe to Britain, seeking work. Behind him loom the figures of his dead wife, his beloved young daughter and his outrageous friend Rudi who - dreaming of the wealthy West - lives largely for his battered Chevrolet. Ahead of Lev lies the deep strangeness of the British: their hostile streets, their clannish pubs, their obsession with celebrity. London holds out the alluring possibility of friendship, sex, money and a new career and, if Lev is lucky, a new sense of belonging...
'A novel of urgent humanity' Sunday Telegraph
Praise for Rose Tremain:
'One of my favourite writers' Nina Stibbe
'Tremain is one of the best novelists writing today' Sara Collins
'Pulsatingly alive . . . no one can break your heart quite like this' Neel Mukherjee
Tremain (Restoration) turns in a low-key but emotionally potent look at the melancholia of migration for her 14th book. Olev, a 42-year-old widower from an unnamed former east bloc republic, is taking a bus to London, where he imagines every man resembles Alec Guinness and hard work will be rewarded by wealth. He has left behind a sad young daughter, a stubborn mother and the newly shuttered sawmill where he had worked for years. His landing is harsh: the British are unpleasant, immigrants are unwelcome, and he's often overwhelmed by homesickness. But Lev personifies Tremain's remarkable ability to craft characters whose essential goodness shines through tough, drab circumstances. Among them are Lydia, the fellow expatriate; Christy, Lev's alcoholic Irish landlord who misses his own daughter; and even the cruelly demanding Gregory, chef-proprietor of the posh restaurant where Lev first finds work. A contrived but still satisfying ending marks this adroit migr 's look at London.
Just didn't want it to end. Entertaining ramble through Lev"s experiences in England as an immigrant. Not too deep yet moving at the same time. An enjoyable read.