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Various Pets Alive and Dead

by Marina Lewycka
£12.99   paperback  Penguin Books Ltd (Fig Tree) (2012)

Various Pets Alive and Dead by Marina Lewycka Marcus and Doro were part of a left wing commune from the late 1960s until the early 1990s: lentils, free love, spliffs, Left politics, cheesecloth blouses, sex, housework and cooking rotas, crochet, allotments. Their children have grown up rather different from them: primary schoolteacher Clara craves order and clean bathrooms, son Serge is pretending to his parents that he is still doing a Maths PhD at Cambridge, while in fact working making loadsa money in the City; third child Oolie Anna, who has Downs Syndrome, is desperate to escape home and live on her own.
 
Set half in Doncaster, half in London, this is a very funny riff on modern values, featuring hamsters, cockroaches, poodles, a Chicken and multiplying rabbits, told by Marina Lewycka in her unique and brilliant combination of irony, farce and wit.

ISBN 13: 9781905490912 | ISBN 10: 1905490917