Nikolai, an 86 year old retired Ukrainian engineer and tractor historian, has fallen in love with 36 year old Valentina and he's determined to marry her and become a father again!
His daughters, Vera and Nadezhda, who haven't spoken since the death of their mother, are totally unprepared for the grenade that's about to explode into their lives. The sisters unite in horror to defend their father and what remains of his pension.
But is Valentina a refugee searching for better opportunities, or a bogus visa seeker trying to cheat a vulnerable old man?
As Valentina's dreams of Western prosperity begin to shatter, things take a darker turn. Nadezhda and her shaken family must face the ghosts of their past, confront their heritage and rediscover relationships.
Marina Lewycka's million-copy bestselling novel won The Bollinger Everyman Prize for Comic Fiction and the Waverton Good Read Award, and was shortlisted for The Orange Prize for Fiction in 2005.