The Pleasing Hour (Google eBook)

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Grove Press, Mar 22, 2010 - Fiction - 256 pages
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Lily King’s highly acclaimed, award-winning debut novel is the story of Rosie, an American au pair in Paris whose coming of age defies all our usual conceptions of naïveté and experience. Rosie is fleeing an unspeakable loss that has left her homesick for her family. As she awkwardly grasps for the words to communicate with and connect to Nicole, the cool, distant, and beautifully polished mother of the three children she cares for, Rosie’s bond with the patriarch of the household develops almost too naturally. When Lola, the middle child, begins to suspect an indecent intimacy between Rosie and her father, Rosie moves to the south of France to care for Nicole’s elderly guardian, the storyteller of the family’s secrets. There, she discovers a past darkened by war and duplicity, and finally comes to understand the tragedy behind Nicole’s elusive demeanor.

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I enjoyed the author's relaxed writing style. - Goodreads
Beautifully written, great insight into the characters. - Goodreads
Plot jumps around too much for my liking. - Goodreads
First BC selection in 2001 - Goodreads

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User Review  - Ariele - Goodreads

Good book. Evocative prose which is good because the plot is slow and sparse, more introspective that progressive. A young woman comes of age in Paris as an au pair - but it is quite not your normal coming of age in Paris storyline. Satisfying ending. Read full review

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User Review  - Sheila Hanson - Goodreads

really a 3.5 stars. The plot stuttered at times but you actually cared about these people. Read full review

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Lily King studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Syracuse University, where she won the Raymond Carver Prize for fiction. A MacDowell Colony fellow, her stories have appeared in Ploughshares and Glimmer Train. King is also the recipient of a 2000 Whiting Writers' Award.

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