The Road Home

The Road Home

A Novel

Book - 2008
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In the wake of factory closings and his beloved wife's death, Lev is on 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 also 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 dodging the attentions of other women), and by trading gossip and ambitions via cell phone with his hilarious old 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, but her novel never loses sight of what is truly important in the lives we lead.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2008, c2007.
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780316002615
Branch Call Number: TREMAIN
Characteristics: 417 pages ; 25 cm.


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Nov 06, 2014

A deeply moving story beautifully told.

Oct 02, 2014

A modern day immigration story of a Russian trying to make a new life in England. Very well written and interesting.

Apr 20, 2014

I enjoyed this novel by Rose Tremain. However she seems to confuse the country Poland with Russia. On page 26, she writes that a Russian woman states: our country is part of the EU now. This is an error - Russia is NOT part of the EU. However Poland is now in the EU. F. Psutka

Jul 19, 2013

I read this book a few years ago and can still remember how wonderful it was.

Aug 13, 2012

Out of work widower Lev makes his way from Russia to London to find work. Eventually he finds work - and his calling - in a restaurant. After working 2 restaurant jobs he saves enough to return home and open his own restaurant.

InfraredKate Aug 02, 2011

Fantastic book about one immigrant man's incredible journey to help his family and himself...Highly recommend it.

Jun 24, 2010

Beautiful novel; holds you spellbound

Jan 17, 2010

A book that is not a formula type rags to riches. Well written.


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