Mother's Helper: A Novel

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Delacorte Press, 1979 - 369 pages
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I picked this book up second hand with a mixed bag of Penguin orange spine books. The review on the cover suggests the book is a comedy, but I found it quite sad.
Laura, a lonely student living in
a dorm at her university, takes a job as a mother's helper. With no experience of looking after children she is at first happy to be chosen to work with such a liberal and free-spirited family. However the family is soon shown, bit by bit to be cracked and unhealthy. Kay, the mother, is especially passive-agressive acting as if she is open and tollerant to all but in reality closed minded and determined to make others see the world her way. The children are treated as 'little adults' and although Laura does the best she can to care for them she is too easily led and controlled by the other characters in the book.
I cannot describe the intense emotions of "Mother's Helper", but it is a real page turner. I wanted to know more and more about the family and desperately wanted a happy ending, but the ending is not happy. I wouldn't recommend this book to people, but yet I couldn't put it down. Very well written.
 

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