May 18, 2002

Do Try to Speak as We Do, Ford

A sideshoot of Brit chick lit; feckless American works as an au pair for a decaying-British-gentry family. I haven't read the Nanny Diaries; this might be more entertaining in comparison. Since it's first=person by the nanny, it isn't really clear why the employer is so brittle and ungenerous, although it's also clear that the au pair is acting like a doormat all over the place, and that the employer is in the middle of a social system that just isn't going to reward her for anything but nastiness. Fluff, but honest fluff, one might say. Nice followup to One Fine Day if you like mocking the decay of fictional British gentry. So wrote clew in Fiction (20th c.).
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