From The Critics
Susanna Moore - The Washington Post Book World
Cool and fierce . . . The toughness and elegance of Kincaid's writing is all that one could want.
Lucy, a teenager from the West Indies who has renounced her family and past, comes to America to work as an au pair and detachedly observes the deterioration of her employers' marriage. ``This is a slim book but Kincaid has crafted it with a spare elegance that has brilliance in its very simplicity,'' said PW. (Oct.)
Like her Annie John ( LJ 4/1/85), Kincaid's new heroine travels the coming-of-age road. Lucy, a 19-year-old West Indi an, sheds her cloistered colonial upbringing by accepting a job as an au pair in New York--the perfect setting for satisfying her gluttonous appetite for both mental and sensual stimulation. The startling disintegration of her employers' marriage triggers flashbacks of home and family; the reflected details are unsettling. Lucy finds being born ``woman'' places her in a territory she wants to explore and at the same time escape. As she begins her exploration, cathartic tears blur the first pages of her diary. But Lucy plunges ahead, reassured by the discovery of an authentic self. Strong in style and substance, dazzling with its sharp-edged prose, this is a novel no one should miss. Literary Guild selection; previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/90.-- Bibi S. Thompson, ``Library Journal''
Lucy is a girl from a Caribbean island who goes to work as a nanny in New York City; similar to Jamaica Kincaid's life story. It is told in the first person, with her thoughts about the people she meets and her feelings about her family and experiences back home. I heard the author speak and found her a very interesting person.
I loved the writing style of this book. It is a story of a young girl from the West Indies who travels to North America to be an au pair for a wealthy couple. The book isn't so much a story of her taking care of the children but more her views on her new surroundings and thoughts on her mother writing her letters from home.
VERY FAST READ... Intelligent, Emotional.