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My New American Life by Francine Prose
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Jul 10, 11

Read in July, 2011

Lula is an immigrant from Albania living in NYC, who takes a job in New Jersey as the live-in nanny for a high school senior. The job is not that demanding. The boy drives her to a health food store every day after school, where they buy frozen hamburgers and pizza which she then microwaves for his dinner. The father is a wall-street trader whose mentally-ill wife left on Christmas eve, apparently moving to Sweden. Lula is home alone during the day, and one fateful day just after she gets her immigration status adjusted and is given a work visa, she is unexpectedly visited by three young Albanian men who ask her to hold onto a gun for safe keeping. For some reason she agrees to do this for them.
The book is very funny. Lula is a wonderful character, whose point of view about American life and her life back home in Albanian struck me with just the right attitude and sardonic wit.
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