She May Not Leave

She May Not Leave

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Baker & Taylor
A smart, handsome, liberal, and unmarried couple in their early thirties, Hattie and Martyn are delighted by their newborn daughter, Kitty, but trouble arrives when they hire a live-in nanny, Agnieska, a Polish domestic goddess with problem immigration papers, the solution to which might be to have Martyn marry her.

Perseus Publishing
Fay Weldon lets her incisive wit loose on a hot issue facing many modern families — child care, and what can happen when that involves having a nanny under your roof.

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?


Reasearch Associates
Fay Weldon lets her incisive wit loose on a hot issue facing many modern families — child care, and what can happen when that involves having a nanny under your roof.


Blackwell North Amer
Fay Weldon offers an amusing send-up of modern relationships and child-rearing practices in this caustic novel about a middle-class London couple.
Hattie, a literary agent, and lefty journalist Martyn have elected to partner rather than submit to official wedlock and become husband and wife. For their infant, Kitty, they hire a young, beautiful Polish au pair with a college degree in early childhood education. She brings a glorious, unprecedented order to their household and charms them with belly dancing and gourmet meals, allowing Hattie to return to work and the pair to enjoy real food and sex once in a while. It's Hattie's grandmother, Frances, however, who narrates, and she suspects that Agnieszka Wyszynska isn't quite what she seems. But Hattie and Martyn, weakened by their plum setup, will do anything to keep their live-in nanny, including pushing their relationship to the brink - and perhaps beyond.

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& Taylor

A smart, liberal, and unmarried couple in their thirties, Hattie and Martyn are delighted by their newborn daughter, Kitty, but trouble arrives when they hire a nanny, Agnieszka, a Polish domestic goddess with immigration problems.

Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, [2005]
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9780871139429
0871139421
Branch Call Number: FIC Weldon, F 2005
Characteristics: 284 pages ; 22 cm

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