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
"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 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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