Primitive people /
Francine Prose.
1st ed. --
New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1992.
227 p.
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New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1992.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1992-03:
Simone is an illegal immigrant from Haiti, working as an au pair for a family in upstate New York. There, she learns about American life from the shallow, self-centered ``primitive people'' around her: her employer Rosemary, who is camping out with her withdrawn children in the ancestral home of her estranged husband; Rosemary's brittle and caustic best friend Shelly, an interior decorator; and Shelly's narcissistic, sexually ambiguous boyfriend Kenny, who owns a children's hair salon. In Simone's adjustment to her new life, Prose's latest novel is reminiscent of Jamaica Kincaid's Lucy ( LJ 11/1/90), while its biting satire and anti-male attitude recall Fay Weldon. Although this book is entertaining to read, it doesn't have enough substance or sympathetic characters to be totally successful. Prose's talent for skewering the pretensions of contemporary life is shown to better advantage in her short story collection Women and Children First ( LJ 3/1/88).-- Patricia Ross, Westerville P.L., Ohio
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1993-03-29:
Through the eyes of protagonist Simone, an illegal immigrant from Haiti who becomes a ``caregiver'' to the children of unforgivably self-absorbed parents, Prose illuminates some of the ludicrous aspects of our culture. (May)
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