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The Road Home by Rose Tremain
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I've read a lot of favorable things about Rose Tremain's work, but had never tried it. This book was my first. It's a tale of a widowed Eastern European man, out of work, who leaves his daughter in the care of his mother and goes to London with the intention of making enough money to support them all. Set in today's world, it captures the uncertainty, angst and vulnerability of an immigrant thrown into the midst of contemporary big city living. Lev, the protagonist, is appealing and human; perhaps no such person could be as perceptive and humane as Tremaine presents him, but she needs a platform to make her points and that's understandable. Lev's occasional self-destructive tendencies also don't square up with the rest of his personality, but all in all it's a good book about struggle and sacrifice, confusion and redemption--worth reading.
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