My Hollywood, By Mona Simpson

 

Mona Simpson is no stranger to interesting family dynamics. She didn't meet her biological brother, the late Steve Jobs, until she was 25, and her fiction has long been concerned with how parents shape their children's notions of attachment.

In this novel, she gently satirises a very Hollywood threesome: a mother, her baby son and his nanny.

The narrative is shared between first-time parent Claire, a musician more interested in practising scales than her Kegels, and 52-year old Lola who works so that her children in the Philippines "can stay home."

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