Foolish Lessons in Life & Love
Penny Rudge (Downing, 1989)
23 year-old Taras Krohe is wedged between the two women in his life: his Russian girlfriend, Katya, who is struggling to fund her way through college; and his overbearing Bukovinian mother. He is devoted to both women in different ways but then Katya leaves him for a ponytailed aesthete – and his mother, he realises, he will never be able to escape.
Ten years after an ominous scholarship took him to a top-ranking public school, the big-boned and loveable Taras and his mother now live in a small South London flat. Taras’s father died, shortly before he was born, and Mrs. Krohe went on to inherit a curious benefactress in the form of Mrs. Bartlett.
But then Mrs. Bartlett passed away and her unnerving relatives arrived at the door. With eviction looming, the terminally easy going Taras is forced to show his mother that he is a man, and uncover the secret behind his family’s descent into disaster. But she has other ideas for her little pourchi: she is determined to wrestle him away from the dangerous influences his search reveals. And it is by no means certain who will come out on top . . .
Publication date: 4 March 2010
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Added: 10 March 2010
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