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The Road Home

by Rose Tremain

      Lev had worked in the Baryn sawmill until it closed two years before. Since then, he has found no work and his mother has supported him and his five-year old daughter, Maya, by selling jewelry manufactured from tin. His wife, Marina, gone - her death with him always, like a shadow on the x-ray of his soul. He leaves Eastern Europe for London in search of work.

He arrives in London with no job and no place to stay. After days of homelessness Lev finds a job as a kitchen porter in a restaurant in Clerkenwell. He rents a room in the home of Christy, a fellow Irishman. The room is Christy's daughter’s room and still full of her toys. Christy's wife has left him and taken his daughter, Frankie, away from him and he just can't find it in his heart to clean out her room. Lev finds a friend in Christy and comfort in the room full of toys. He speaks frequently with Rudi, a friend from home, and this helps to ease his loneliness. He becomes involved with Sophie, a fellow worker in the restaurant. He continues to suffer from loneliness and depression and continues to long for home, never feeling he fits in in London.

He works sixteen hour days, sends money home to his family and saves the rest. Working towards the day he can find the road home and a new beginning.

The Road Home by Rose Tremain is a well-written novel full of meaning. So well-written that I felt I was walking the road home right along with Lev. This is a novel that really catches your attention and holds it all the way through. I enjoyed walking this journey with Lev.

The Book

Little, Brown and Company / Hachette Book Group USA
August 26, 2008
Hardcover (Advanced Reading Copy Reviewed)
0-316-00261-5 / 978-0-316-00261-5
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The Reviewer

Connie Harris
Reviewed 2008
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