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A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian omewhere in the heart of the green and verdant land called England is a valley filled with strawberries...

When a ragtag international crew of migrant workers is forced to flee

the strawberry fields they’ve been working in, they set off across England they find, as they rudely bump against the ignominious and sometimes quite dangerous realities of the emigre experience in new Europe. But for those who manage to hang on, the rewards, like strawberries, while surprisingly hard to pick, prove awfully sweet—especially for two young Ukrainians, Andriy and Irina, whose mutual irritation blossoms into passionate love. Displaying the same sense of compassion, social outrage, and gift for hilarity that she showed in her debut novel, A Short History of Tractors

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looking for employment. But the life they imagined is nothing like what

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in Ukrainian, Marina Lewycka chronicles this bumpy road trip and search for a taste of the good life with a tender affection.

and even sexy....One way or another, these strawberry fields are forever.” —The Washington Post

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“It’s more than just funny. It’s also sad and wise and tender and generous

“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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Copyright © Marina Lewycka, 2007 All Rights Reserved 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 penguin books Published by the Penguin Group Penguin Group (USA) Inc. 375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014, USA Penguin Groups Ltd, Registered Offices: 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, England First published in Great Britain under the title Two Caravans by Fig Tree, an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd 2007 First published in the United States of America by Penguin Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. 2007 Published in Penguin Books 2008

library of congress cataloging-in-publication data Lewycka, Marina, date. Strawberry Fields: a novel / Marina Lewycka ISBN 978-1-59420-137-0 (hc.) ISBN 978-0-14-311355-3 (pbk.) 1. Agricultural laborers—fiction. 2. England—fiction. I. Title Printed in the United States of America Designed by Kristen Gladiuk

publisher’s note This is a work of fiction. All names, places, characters, and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

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But that I praye to al this compaignye, If that I speke after my fantasye, As taketh not agrief of that I seye; For myn entente is nat but for to pleye. !geoffrey chaucer, Prologue to the Wife of Bath’s Tale, The Canterbury Tales


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