The Pleasing Hour
The first novel from a new literary voice brimming with sensitivity and lyricism, The Pleasing Hour is the story of an American in Europe whose coming-of-age defies all our usual conceptions of naivete and experience. Fleeing a devastating loss, Rosie takes a job as an au pair with a Parisian family and soon finds the comfort and intimacy she longs for with their children...more
The Pleasing Hour
by Lily King
Rosie goes to Paris to be an au pair. Her baggage includes a motherless childhood and a teen pregnancy deliberately and secretly planned in order to give her barren sister a much-desired child. Being an au pair in Paris follows the delivery of the baby and is designed to separate herself from the baby she cannot acknowledge.
Rosie settles into her role as an au pair with the Tivot family, Nicole and Marc and their three children. We learn the history of each ...more
The true mastery of this book was creating a dastardly heroine that is pitiable becaus ...more
A good story and good writing. The story deals with the struggle of 19 years old Rosie searching for love is touching, however the novel doesn't live up to the author's more recent work.
the center of the universe. This can make for dull reading, and sometimes for unattended children falling down staircases. But Lily King's fine first novel--about
an au pair--neatly avoids the solipsism that often plagues coming-of-age stories. In The Pleasing Hour, 19-year-old Rosie has fled New Hampshire for France
after undergoing an anguishing ...more
It's set in France and centers around an American girl who has gone to be an au pair fo ...more
An outstanding debut for an author who knows how to pull heart strings and minds in sync.
I cannot begin to explain how talented a writer that Lily King is. She writes confidently and elegantly: her words are like paint strokes upon a canvas.
With all of her well-deserved awards, I cannot understand why she doesn’t fly at the top of the New York Times list more often.
The characters in The Pleasing Hour will stir sympathy, envy, laughter, and coos.
Lily King’s resea ...more
Along the way, we learn ...more
The characters of the Tivot children, and Lucie, were particularly well drawn. Marcelle and Octave, and Nicole and Marc's, relationships (and others) have a haunting, "gaping hole" quality to them -- through no fault of anyone's, the participants don't really co ...more
As other reviews accurately state, the basic premise of the book undersells the emotional depth. The book is about a young woman who flees an emotional family situation in the U.S. by becoming an au pair in France. While there, she falls in love with the father of the family. This may sound like cliched, well-traveled material, but ...more