Published: Dec. 22, 2012
Words: 109,728 (approximate)
This is a satirical novel about the politics of child care in Washington, DC. Liza Hart, a work-from-home counselor for au pairs and host families, juggles the demands of host mom Senator Carolyn Quiver with those of her toddler daughter and her mentally ill mother. With humor and compassion, Au Pair Report charts the collision between political aspiration and the challenges of modern parenthood.
As a work-from-home counselor for Everywhere Au Pair, Liza Hart is a hand-holder and problem-solver for au pairs from around the world and their Washington, DC host families—struggling to do her job while meeting the needs of her toddler daughter and her mentally ill mother. In the sweltering summer of 2010, one host mother’s presidential aspirations bring chaos into Liza’s life. Senator Carolyn Quiver, a California Senator who dreams of winning the Republican nomination for president in 2012, has au pair problems—and her problems are Liza’s problems. As Quiver embarks upon a pre-campaign “exploratory stage,” the senator and her husband find their au pair problems getting in the way of their ambitions. It takes a series of crises with devastating consequences for both Liza and the Quivers, but Liza finds a way to liberate herself and to highlight the issue of child care to the Democrats laying the groundwork for the 2012 election.
, washington dc
, bipolar disorder
, child care
, working moms
, election 2012
, moms and daughters
, au pairs
, cultural exchange
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on Jan. 12, 2013 :
A light, well-written, intelligent novel about a mom who is scrambling to help herself and others get a grip. Lots of funny and personal insights, as well as a gossipy and satirical view of DC politics. The personal is political, all is brought to light! Highly recommended.
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