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A Haitian émigré’s exposure to shallow suburbanites is “social satire at its slyest and best” from the New York Times –bestselling author ( Kirkus Reviews ).   When the heartbroken Simone flees her native Haiti, her best option to start a new life is a quick paper marriage to a Brooklyn cab driver and a job as an underpaid caregiver to two spoiled young children in the small community of Hudson Landing, New York. But her new boss is nothing like what she’s been led to expect. The self-absorbed amateur sculptor Rosemary Porter and her morose, eccentric children George and Maisie—deserted by…mehr

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A Haitian émigré’s exposure to shallow suburbanites is “social satire at its slyest and best” from the New York Times–bestselling author (Kirkus Reviews).
 
When the heartbroken Simone flees her native Haiti, her best option to start a new life is a quick paper marriage to a Brooklyn cab driver and a job as an underpaid caregiver to two spoiled young children in the small community of Hudson Landing, New York. But her new boss is nothing like what she’s been led to expect. The self-absorbed amateur sculptor Rosemary Porter and her morose, eccentric children George and Maisie—deserted by their philandering husband and father—rattle aimlessly around their crumbling suburban mansion.
 
The people of Hudson Landing seem welcoming at first, but as Simone settles into this new home, her sense of unease grows. Rosemary’s sarcastic best friend, Shelly, seems as suspicious of her as her shallow boyfriend, Kenny, a children’s hair salon owner who appears eager to befriend the new au pair. A neighbor known only as “The Count” strings dead animals from trees for no reason anyone can understand. As the local community roils with secrets and attempts to outdo each other with self-importance, Simone begins to wonder just where on earth she has fled to—and if it’s any better than the violence and betrayal she left behind.
 
As always, National Book Award finalist Francine Prose “has a wickedly sharp ear for pretentious American idiom, and no telling detail escapes her observation” as Simone struggles to make sense of these odd people and this strange, new world (The New York Times Book Review).
 
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Open Road Media
  • Seitenzahl: 238
  • Erscheinungstermin: 24.09.2013
  • Englisch
  • ISBN-13: 9781480445116
  • Artikelnr.: 44663364
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<DIV>Francine Prose is the author of sixteen novels, including <i>A Changed Man</i>, winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and <i>Blue Angel</i>, a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent works of nonfiction include the highly acclaimed <i>Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife</i>, and the <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>Reading Like a Writer</i>. A former president of PEN American Center and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Prose is a highly regarded critic and essayist, and has taught literature and writing for more than twenty years at major universities. She is a distinguished writer in residence at Bard College, and she lives in New York City.</div>
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“Francine Prose has a wickedly sharp ear for pretentious American idiom, and no telling detail escapes her observation.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A lot of shrewd and malicious fun. . . . The author finds it hard to write a dull sentence.” —The Economist