My New American Life – Francine Prose
When recent Albanian immigrant, Lula, signs up for a live-in nanny position, it’s not exactly the stereotypical extra-Manhattan Jersey au pair gig. She is the “care taker” of 17 year old, college senior Zeke, and, for all intents and purposes, his father, also known as Mister Stanley.
Despite the rather unconventional uses of her skills and time, Lula falls in platonic love with the two guys. All is fine and dandy in suburbia until a shiny black SUVs rolls up the manicured curb one day while Lula is home alone. The doors open to reveal Albanian drama and mystery she thought she had left at home.
Part “heart-warming immigrant tale”, part “witty, biting look at American life”, My New American Life is all parts “great story”. I didn’t really know anything of Prose when I signed up for this tour and though her writing is simple and sweet, her story style is definitely something I’m going to need more of and soon. Lula’s voice was identifiable without and the side characters were, though less than perfect on all accounts, easy to sympathise with and adorably flawed.
I may have related to this on a strangely personal level because though I am a few generations removed from immigrant status, myself, my family is not that far off the boat from Russia. So, I don;t know, ok, maybe it’s a stretch but I definitely felt a little bit of Eastern Ex-Commie Bloc sisterhood with Lola.
This would make a sweet, fun summer read for those who enjoy a unique, quick book with little bit of sadness and a lot of silliness.
About Francine Prose
Francine Prose is the author of many bestselling books of fiction, including A Changed Man and Blue Angel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and the nonfictionNew York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer. Her novel,Household Saints, was adapted for a movie by Nancy Savoca. Another novel, The Glorious Ones, has been adapted into a musical of the same name by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, which ran at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre at Lincoln Center in New York City in the Fall of 2007. Her latest novel, Goldengrove, was published in September 2008. She is the president of PEN American Center. She lives in New York City.
Francine’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, May 15th: Book Club Classics!
Thursday, May 17th: Bookstack
Monday, May 21st: A Bookish Way of Life
Monday, May 28th: Bloggin’ ‘Bout Books
Tuesday, May 29th: Books and Movies
Wednesday, May 30th: Veronica M.D.
Tuesday, June 5th: Iwriteinbooks’s blog
Wednesday, June 6th: Reviews By Lola
Thursday, June 7th: I Read. Do you?
Monday, June 11th: My Bookshelf
Tuesday, June 12th: Chocolate & Croissants
Thursday, June 14th: Literate Housewife