Strawberry Fields

 

A novel by Marina Lewycka

Penguin, 2008; $14

A fast-paced set of misadventures plunges us into the fragmented, intertwined lives of a group of contemporary migrant workers in England’s luscious strawberry fields and into a re-evaluation of what human price is paid to meet global demands. Lewycka is primarily a superb storyteller taking us into the interior narratives of a dozen humans and one dog — that’s right, we’re in the mind and belly of an extraordinary hound. We’re equally enmeshed with multitiered intrigue that makes Interpol seem like kindergarten. It’s a race to the finish for a boy-girl on-off-on love story. Underneath is the murky feeling that being vegetarian isn’t all that humane after all. Definitely put this on your summer reading list.

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