Daily Archives: August 2, 2011

** My New American Life by Francine Prose

I enjoyed My New American Life a lot. Maybe too much, since it’s not the deepest story in the world, but it’s not trying to be either. It centers on an immigrant Albanian nanny — albeit to a motherless high schooler — who is courted by a shady but good-hearted fellow immigrant and who muddles through her green card proceedings and fledgling romantic life while trying to fix her client’s and his son’s lives. What makes the book is the heroine, who soberly and funnily compares American daily life with what she left behind, who makes a mess of her personal decisions despite the mature way she handles everything else, and who is not as goody-two-shoes as she may appear at first glance.

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