Lentils, free love, radical politics and family truths . . .
Various Pets Alive and Dead is the wonderfully funny fourth novel from Marina Lewycka, author of the bestselling A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian.
For twenty years Doro and Marcus lived in a commune, convinced lentils and free love would change the world.
What they did do was give their children a terror of radicalism, dirt, cooking rotas and poverty.
Their daughter Clara wants nothing less conformist than her own, clean bathroom.
Their son Serge hides the awkward fact that he’s a banker earning loadsamoney.
So when Doro and Marcus spring a surprise on their kids - just as the world is rocked in ways they always wished for - the family is forced to confront some thorny truths about themselves . . .