WINNER OF THE 2008 ORANGE BROADBAND PRIZE FOR FICTION
Rose Tremain's hugely enjoyable new novel is the up-to-the-minute story of Lev, newly arrived in London from Eastern Europe. A wise and witty look at the contemporary migrant experience.
'On the coach, Lev chose a seat near the back and he sat huddled against the window, staring out at the land he was leaving ...'
Lev is on his way to Britain to seek work, so that he can send money back to Eastern Europe to support his mother and little daughter.
Readers will become totally involved with his story, as he struggles with the mysterious rituals of 'Englishness', and the fashions and fads of the London scene. We see the road Lev travels through Lev's eyes, and we share his dilemmas: the intimacy of his friendships, old and new; his joys and sufferings; his aspirations and his hopes of finding his way home, wherever home may be.
“'Tremain is a magnificent story-teller'”
Independent on sunday
“...bravely imaginative, deeply moving, surprising, invigorating and satisfying”
“Luminous talent for the fusion of the extraordinary and the commonplace”
“I can't think of a better sentence-to-sentence writer of fiction”
“Vivid, original and always engaging”
“This is a humane and moving account of the migrant experience in contemporary London, full of understanding and compassion about the difficulties of alienation and belonging”
Mail on Sunday
“Here, as in her best work, Tremain achieves a remarkable synthesis of fully realised character and the systematic observation of a world.The Road Home is a subtle and challenging account of a story we think we know already and of a person we all too often reduce to nothing more than a political issue or a statistic.”
Lavinia Greenlaw, Financial Times
“Rose Tremain is a novelist of style, ambition and lyrical sensibility...This is a generous, sweet-tempered book”
“A magnificent achievement from a writer at the height of her very considerable powers”
“Rose Tremain is an old-fashioned writer, in the best of ways: we care about her characters' sorrows and hope for their happiness”
“Thematically rich...As always, her writing has a delicious, crunchy precision”
“A classic work by the gifted Tremain”
“Tremain allows us to see our country's wonders and failings as if for the first time”