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Weldon, Fay - She May Not Leave

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Title : She May Not Leave Author : Fay Weldon Genre : Fiction (Contemporary) Love/Hate? : Love ! Rating : 5/5 Did you finish? : Yes -- I couldn't stop myself. One-sentence summary : An exploration of partnership and parenthood when an unmarried couple hire an au pair. Why did you get this book? : After the horror of Puffball , I was curious for another Weldon! Do you like the cover? : Yes, very clever. First line from book: Review : I know other readers disliked the book for it's unlikeable characters but I rather found Hatty, Martyn, and 'Agnes' realistic. I know couples like them, and au pairs like Agnieszka, and even though I suspected some of the plot twists, the final conclusion had me shocked and a little shaken (in a good way!). The device of the great-grandmother as narrator is lovely, as she provides some parallels to the main triad, ruminations on the nature of relationships, parenthood, and partnership. A very...more I know other readers disliked the

2009 Top Ten

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In this case, top five. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and the Damned Charlotte Greig, A Girl's Guide to Modern European Philosophy Lauren Groff, The Monsters of Templeton Linda L. Richards, Death was the Other Woman Barry Werth, The Scarlet Professor: Newton Arvin: A Literary Life Shattered by Scandal