Life According to Lubka, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Pittsburgh was too small for Beryl Wexler. Barely out of high school, she changed her name to Buzz and set off for the bright lights of London.

She never looked back. Now she's at the top of her game in the music PR business, looking after the coolest groups on the planet. And for a woman who was forty-two last birthday she certainly keeps up the pace.

But her life is about to change. Some twenty-year-old has been given the new Japanese girl band predicted to go stellar, and Buzz is being sidelined.

Instead, Buzz gets to tour with the Gorni Grannies, Bulgarian singers of a certain age.

These ladies may not be the tantrum-throwing celebs Buzz is used to, but they present other challenges.

How to stop Lubka straining yogurt through her knee highs?

How to dissuade Kichka from stealing everything not nailed to the floor?

Fuelled by copious shots of home-brewed plum rakia, Buzz and Lubka address life's ups and down, until the world tilts and a different future beckons.


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Very well observed characters and a seriously funny story - Laurie Graham seems to paint her leading ladies as rather bossy self-centered creatures initially but you always find yourself rooting for them.

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It didn’t take more than three pages of meeting Lubka before I wanted to adopt her as my grandmother. What a great character. Feet firmly planted on the ground, head wandering happily among the clouds. It doesn’t take long for Buzz Wexler to begin to adore Lubka either, and Buzz isn’t one to adore many people. Buzz has become quite cold, over the years, quite cold to the mean world she sees every day in her job as a top-notch music promoter. So when she is asked to accompany the Gorni Grannies, including Lubka, from recently de-Sovietized Bulgaria on their musical tour of England and the US, it is only with the greatest reluctance that she goes along. The Grannies win her heart and rock her world, and to that we say, Thank goodness, Buzz. Her world needed some heavy-duty rocking.

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