My Hollywood

My Hollywood

A Novel

Book - 2010
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From the much-loved author of Anywhere but Here and The Lost Father, a long-awaited novel--her first in ten years--about two women behind the glitter of Hollywood.
Claire, a composer and a new mother, comes to L.A. so her husband can follow his dream of writing TV comedy. Suddenly, the marriage changes, with Paul working all hours and Claire left with a baby, William, whom she adores but has no idea how to care for.
Enter Lola--a fifty-two-year-old mother of five who comes to work in America to pay for her own children's higher education back in the Philippines. Lola stabilizes the rocky household, and soon other parents try to lure her away. What she sacrifices to stay with Claire and William remains her own closely guarded secret.
In a novel, at turns satirical and heartbreaking, where mothers' modern ideas are given practical overhauls by nannies, we meet Lola's vast network of fellow caregivers, each with her own story to tell. We see the upstairs competition for the best nanny and the downstairs competition for the best deal, and are forced to ask whether it's possible to buy love for our children and what that transaction costs. We see the endangerment of a modern marriage despite the best of intentions. This tender, witty, and resonant novel provides the profound pleasures readers have come to expect from Mona Simpson, here writing at the height of her powers.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307273529
0307273520
Characteristics: 369 p. ; 25 cm

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brideofcadavra
Aug 21, 2015

It had been a long time since I'd found a book I didn't want to put down and thought about when I was away from it. I loved this book. I was thoroughly immersed in the lives of both Lola and Claire, and while the ending felt a tiny little bit pat, it was still satisfying. Mona Simpson is a fantastic storyteller.

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Caz1310
Dec 30, 2011

I wanted to like this but I couldn't get past chapter 4. I liked the nanny but disliked Claire and her husband immediately. From what I read, the nanny cared more and knew how to care for the baby much more than the parents.

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burleighsmith
Jul 03, 2011

Insightful portrayal of life of a Filipino nannie. A true heroine. Very moving and thankfully without undue melodrama. This nicely constructed saga shifts perspectives from that of the young mother to that of the nannie, allowing reader to view from a distance how Americans underappreciate foreign workers--as people, as caretakers, and as skilled laborers.

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queensgirl1963
Jan 08, 2011

Could not read this. The story was not compelling to me (really what was going to happen? The nanny would work for someone else?) Really disliked the husband/Dad. Life is too short to read bad books.

debwalker Dec 08, 2010

A novel of manners about modern motherhood.

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jflowers
Oct 13, 2010

Check out video book review: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2010/08/26/VI2010082606116.html

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