A romantic comedy with a delightfully biting literary edge, it's the story of Melissa, a sharp-eyed American abroad. Fired by her San Francisco ad agency, she cancels her wedding to Ted, 'the safest man I've ever met', and soon regrets her next impulsive move - across the Atlantic, as au pair to a minorly aristocratic British family, with the mother from hell, an ineffectual, sweet-natured father, and three children, one of them deaf. From freezing farmhouses and island castles in Scotland, to a faded house at a smart London address, Melissa observes the natives in their classic habitats, with their bizarre manners and unchanging habits - like the Romans, whom they take after, the people of these islands have fixed axles - their ingenuity and mean ways, their utterly disarming moments and surprisingly gorgeous, death-defying food. Urged to 'try to speak as we do' - lest the children catch her accent - she resists the effete charm of the British bourgeoisies but succumbs to the lure of lemon shortbread, and the sexy appeal of a lean and hungry Englishman, a far cry from the solid but absent Ted. (2001-12-27)
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"A beguiling first novel." -- "Kirkus Reviews "This is a fresh, gleefully savage take on the theme of the innocent abroad... A hilarious send-up of its whole cast of characters, British and American." -- "New York TimesFrom the Publisher:
Enchanting and unputdownable, The Diary of an American Au Pair is not only funny but full of linguistic delights.
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Book Description Vintage, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 99286424