We Are All Made of Glue

We Are All Made of Glue

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Georgie Sinclair's life is coming unstuck. Her husband's left her. Her son's obsessed with the End of the World. And now her elderly neighbour Mrs Shapiro has decided they are related.Or so the hospital informs her when Mrs Shapiro has an accident and names Georgie next of kin. This, however, is not a case of a quick ward visit: Mrs Shapiro has a large rickety house full of stinky cats that needs looking after that a pair of estate agents seem intent on swindling from her. Plus there are the 'Uselesses' trying to repair it (uselessly). Then there's the social worker who wants to put her in a nursing home. Not to mention some letters that point to a mysterious, painful past.As Georgie tries her best to put Mrs Shapiro's life back together somehow she must stop her own from falling apart...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 28mm | 299.37g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141030992
  • 9780141030999
  • 80,465

About Marina Lewycka

Marina Lewycka was born in Kiel, Germany at the end of the war and grew up in England. Her two previous novels, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian and Two Caravans, are available in Penguin now.
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An exuberantly comic writer whose work is characterised by both great humanity and unusual charm * Evening Standard * A witty, touching story about an unlikely friendship * Express * Gorgeously funny * Independent * Had me crying with laughter * Daily Telegraph * Vibrant dialogue, a family in meltdown, a clash of cultures and wonderful cast of expertly observed characters. Pure laugh-out-loud social comedy * Daily Mail * Hilarious. A big-hearted confection of the comic and the poignant * Literary Review * A big, bustling novel, told with enthusiasm by a narrator who is warm, winningly disaster-prone and, crucially, believable * Spectator * Georgie is a lively, intensely sympathetic narrator ... brimming with warmth and busyness * Guardian * Marina Lewycka is an instantly likeable writer, funny, intelligent and refreshingly generous in her assessments of people and their motivations. She writes about modern life so well. An extremely enjoyable read * New Statesman * Uplifting. Lewycka's style is so appealing, so friendly * Sunday Times * A truly engaging and funny book * Woman * Lewycka is a good, serious writer with a strong, original voice * Sunday Telegraph * A very funny and touching story of a friendship and a mystery unravelled * Woman & Home *
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3,106 ratings
3.49 out of 5 stars
5 15% (470)
4 35% (1,101)
3 36% (1,117)
2 11% (341)
1 2% (77)

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I have to admit that being from Israel, there was one passage that worried me a bit in that I was worried Marina was getting a touch too political. This has to do with the builder Ali and his early life in Palestine (pre-Statehood era). Thankfully, Marina smoothes this out without being judgemental regarding either side of the conflict, by having Georgina be both politically and historically ignorant. This works well because many people who no opinions about such things. This also brings in an element of naivet�??�?�© to Georgina's character, which allows her to draw parallels between such conflicts, her own personal adventures and the title of the book. Meaning what glue does is bond things together. And yet, not every adhesive is the right one for the job. Lewycka takes this metaphor and applies it to everything in the story, but which you'll only get the full effect after you've finished reading it all. Basically everything here just flows and keeps your interest from start to finish. I should mention that there are some truly hilarious bits here which only add to the enjoyment. Dare I say this might even be better than her debut novel?show more
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