She May Not Leave: Book summary and reviews of She May Not Leave by Fay Weldon

She May Not Leave

By Fay Weldon

She May Not Leave
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  • Published in USA  Jun 2006,
    288 pages.

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Hattie and Martyn are the proud parents of newborn Kitty; both are in their early thirties, smart, handsome, and, for reasons of liberal principle, not married but partnered. All seems fine at first — healthy baby, happy couple — but when they have to decide who'll look after little Kitty, things get complicated. Hattie's dying to get back to work but Martyn fears employing foreign help might hurt his leftist political aspirations. Martyn capitulates when Agnieska arrives — a Polish nanny who happens to be both domestic goddess and first-rate belly dancer, the maker of a mean cup of cocoa who's also educated in early childhood development. Having her in the house makes life livable again for the young couple, so when problems arise with her immigration papers Martyn and Hattie will do anything to keep her in the country. But will their decision to have Martyn marry her be the trouble-free solution they envision?

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"Throwing in one final unexpected but delicious twist at the end, Weldon delivers another of her trademark takes on the domestic wars." - Booklist.
"Weldon's domestic observations and aphorisms are nevertheless to be relished, as is the surprising conclusion. Sly, salty, savvy." - Kirkus.

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Fay Weldon Author Biography

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Fay Weldon was born in England and raised in New Zealand. She received her M.A. in economics and psychology from St. Andrews University in Scotland and is the author more than twenty novels, including Mantrapped, Worst Fears, Splitting, and The Life and Loves of a She-Devil. She lives in London.

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