“One of England’s most superb novelists, could best be described as a 21st-century Thackery….Weldon’s sharp wit and incisive skewering of the mores of the moment make this novel a delight.” Victoria A. Brownworth, The Baltimore Sun
She May Not Leave
978-0-8021-4301-3 • $13.00 • Paperback • Apr. 2007
One of our most enjoyable and provocative writers tackles the pitfalls of having a live-in nanny in this hilarious and “gripping account of domestic battlegrounds” (The Guardian)
Fay Weldon lets her incisive wit loose on a hot issue facing many modern familieschild care, and what can happen when that involves having a nanny under your roof. She May Not Leave confirms, “when she’s on form . . . there’s simply no touching Fay Weldon as a writer” (The Observer).
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 firsthealthy baby, happy couplebut 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 arrivesa 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?