Leah Greenblatt
April 13, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

My New American Life

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Francine Prose
publisher
HarperCollins
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B+

My New American Life‘s Lula is 26 and restless, an Albanian immigrant whiling away her days in suburban New Jersey as a spectacularly lax caretaker to sullen teenager Zeke (her ”nannying” largely consists of mixing up after-school mojitos and heating frozen pizzas) while his single father works long hours in finance. Soon enough, intrigue arrives in the form of three leather-jacketed comrades from the old country on her doorstep, asking Lula — though, really, it’s not a request — to stash a gun for them, and Prose (Blue Angel, A Changed Man) is in her sweet spot as a nimble chronicler of contemporary culture. Though satirical fiction can often leave a sour aftertaste, her deft comic touch rarely falters. B+

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