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Babysitter, nanny, caregiver, au pair we have many names for the people we welcome into our homes to tend what is most precious to us As parents know, it s a relationship fraught with anxiety, caught up in our need to work and our hunger for freedom In a world without butlers and liverymen and cooks, the babysitter is the only domestic employee most of us will ever hire How should we regard this person we re so proud to pay a tadthan minimum wage, this almost relative who migh Babysitter, nanny, caregiver, au pair we have many names for the people we welcome into our homes to tend what is most precious to us As parents know, it s a relationship fraught with anxiety, caught up in our need to work and our hunger for freedom In a world without butlers and liverymen and cooks, the babysitter is the only domestic employee most of us will ever hire How should we regard this person we re so proud to pay a tadthan minimum wage, this almost relative who might see our child walk for the first time Kiley Reid explored that knotty relationship at the start of this year in her witty debut novel, Such a Fun Age The story about a white woman determined to prove how much she appreciates her black babysitter cuts into the soft underbelly of liberal vanity.J Courtney Sullivan approaches that terrain from a different angle in her new novel, Friends and Strangers Race plays a smaller part in her story, but Sullivan is just as interested in the asymmetrical relationship between parents and caregivers She focuses particularly on the culture of privilege that works so effectively to maintain class distinctions while erasing any acknowledgment of them.This is aconstrained story than Sullivan s 2017 masterpiece, Saints for All Occasions, whichTo read the rest of this review, go to The Washington Post https www.washingtonpost.com entert Verdict is still out on whether or not I recommend this fiction story about a mom and her babysitter, which ultimately sank into issues of wealth, class, relationship deceit, boundaries and life choices There was almost too much there in terms of content and also in the writing no detail left unnamed Often, I asked myself why I should care But I laughed aloud at a few parts, identified at times with the characters, and descriptions of a certain Brooklyn mama group were astute Cue shoulder s Verdict is still out on whether or not I recommend this fiction story about a mom and her babysitter, which ultimately sank into issues of wealth, class, relationship deceit, boundaries and life choices There was almost too much there in terms of content and also in the writing no detail left unnamed Often, I asked myself why I should care But I laughed aloud at a few parts, identified at times with the characters, and descriptions of a certain Brooklyn mama group were astute Cue shoulder shrug This is a 400 page story about Elisabeth and Sam Elisabeth is a published author in her 30s who has moved to a college town where her in laws live Her husband is pursuing an invention idea, and she is supposed to be working on her third book, while caring for their infant son While Elisabeth has met the other women on her street, and is even in a book club with them, she doesn t want to pursue a friendship with any of them Instead, she regularly communicates with her best friend back in Broo This is a 400 page story about Elisabeth and Sam Elisabeth is a published author in her 30s who has moved to a college town where her in laws live Her husband is pursuing an invention idea, and she is supposed to be working on her third book, while caring for their infant son While Elisabeth has met the other women on her street, and is even in a book club with them, she doesn t want to pursue a friendship with any of them Instead, she regularly communicates with her best friend back in Brooklyn, and constantly reads the posts in an online mother s group.Sam is a senior at a women s college in the town Elisabeth moved to, and is trying to focus on both her studies and her boyfriend in London She is from the middle class, while most of the young women in her dorm are from upper class homes This helps Sam to notice the imbalances between the classes, and makes herkeenly aware of the struggles of the immigrant women who work in the food service department at her college She works along with them at times, as a campus job, and considers them her friends, as she does many of the upper class girls in her dorm Her British boyfriend is a self employed tour guide in his 30s, who is pushing her to get married when she finishes school After seeing a job notice on a school bulletin board posted by Elisabeth, Sam goes to interview at Elisabeth s house She gets the job and not only becomes Elisabeth s babysitter, but also Elisabeth s friend and confident This friendship ends up both helping and hindering the two women in various ways, but there are no devastating consequences due to a betrayal, as the book s description states Thus, do not expect some tragic incident in this story Simply expect lots of talk about friendship, college roommates, money issues, employment, pregnancies, IVF procedures, mommy depression, class differences, family problems with parents and a sister, both unhappy and happy childhood memories, happiness and unhappiness with men, kids and babies, etc I really want to call this novel chick lit , but sometimes fear that s a reductionist type of label Yet I fear this book is nowhere near as important, in regards to friendship and social issues, as it appears to want to be In fact, at times it seems like the type of story that is trying to educate the reader on topics, as opposed to the topics coming up in conversations and thoughts in anatural way There are lots of conversations about trivial matters that easily could have been cut from the novel, too, with no loss whatsoever to the reader In addition, the epilogue raisesquestions than provides answers and insight All in all, a somewhat insightful story about modern young women, but not really anything to write home about A review is all I could write about this book Note I received a free ARC of this book fromVine J Courtney Sullivan is a master at complicated relationships This is the story of two friends and their unlikely bond One is the mother of a young son and the other is the babysitter whom she has hired Both have family, wealth and class issues and turn to each other for support Her writing is comfortable and her characters are complex and human This was a good distraction from current issues I really enjoyed it. Elisabeth and Sam are very interesting characters in another enjoyable Sullivan novel Again, Sullivan shows a unique understanding of women and friendship It also explores the relationship between mother and nanny, between boss and servant, and between sisters Sullivan was able to insert some very interesting minor characters, especially George, an interesting firebrand in his town The sibling relationship was also explored by Elisabeth s relationship with her sister Charlotte I was very in Elisabeth and Sam are very interesting characters in another enjoyable Sullivan novel Again, Sullivan shows a unique understanding of women and friendship It also explores the relationship between mother and nanny, between boss and servant, and between sisters Sullivan was able to insert some very interesting minor characters, especially George, an interesting firebrand in his town The sibling relationship was also explored by Elisabeth s relationship with her sister Charlotte I was very interested in the struggle over child readiness in a marriage and how that can be negotiated Obviously this is a novel that reading groups will enjoy exploring I liked it a lot, but not as much as Sullivan s earlier novels Thank you Netgalley for this opportunity to read this novel This book was a miss for me and I skimmed over a lot The characters were hard to relate to and hard to even like This author is a hit or miss for me and even though I liked the beginning of this book it just didn t work for me Thanks to Edelweiss for my advanced ebook copy. Thank you, NetGalley I am grateful for you Last month I was vibrating with excitement over receiving advance copies of J Courtney Sullivan and Curtis Sittenfeld new titles Both were disappointments I m trying to figure out whether their worked has changed, if I ve changed that much as a reader, or most likely, a combination of both. I m a big fan of J Courtney Sullivan s books, her last one Saints for All Occasions was my favorite and made my list of the Most Compelling Books of 2017 , because I want to meet all of her characters in real life.Her latest novel publishes today, Friends and Strangers, and as always, her characters are so fascinating Elizabeth is a new mom who has moved from Brooklyn to a small university town to be closer to her husband s parents.She has been unable to meet the success of her first novel wi I m a big fan of J Courtney Sullivan s books, her last one Saints for All Occasions was my favorite and made my list of the Most Compelling Books of 2017 , because I want to meet all of her characters in real life.Her latest novel publishes today, Friends and Strangers, and as always, her characters are so fascinating Elizabeth is a new mom who has moved from Brooklyn to a small university town to be closer to her husband s parents.She has been unable to meet the success of her first novel with her second one, and feels pressure to show people that the first one was not a fluke Her husband Andrew left a good paying job to try and get his invention for barbeque grill that runs on solar power up and running.Elizabeth spends a lot of time scrolling through her Brooklyn moms Facebook group page, missing her friends She decides that if she is going to write, she needs to leave the house to do it and hire a sitter for baby Gil.She finds Sam, a student at the nearby university, who seems perfect She bonds with baby Gil right away, and definitely needs the money Elizabeth will pay her Sam doesn t come from money, like her roommate or most of the other students She works in the kitchen at school, and sometimes feelscomfortable working with the older women in the kitchen than she does with her fellow students.Sam also befriends Andrew s father I adored him , who used to own a successful town car service until Uber came around and destroyed his business Now he is going to lose his home, and he has become obsessed with the income inequality he sees The gap between the top one percent of earners and the rest of the country disturbs him and he has formed a small group of people trying to raise awareness Sam becomes intrigued and joins his cause.Elizabeth is seeking a friend, and she becomes close to Sam Sam comes over for Sunday dinner every week and stays to watch TV with Elizabeth, and Elizabeth frets over Sam s romance with an older man she met in London The line between employer and employee becomes blurred.Every character in Friends and Strangers is so intriguing and realistic Like Kiley Reid s Such A Fun Age, the book dives into class, money, marriage, family, older women and younger women, the meaning of friendship, employers and employees I liked Friends and Strangers better.I found myself thinking about the characters long after I finished the book, a sign that it is a good book for me I felt that Sullivan brilliantly captured the struggles of college student who feels torn, the challenges of a new mother in a new place, and a man who finds the career he built gone due to changing times I highly recommend Friends and Strangers, and once again Jenna Bush Hager and I agree as she chose it for her Read With Jenna book club on the Today Show for July (EBOOK) ⚡ Friends and Strangers ⛄ Elisabeth, An Accomplished Journalist And New Mother, Is Struggling To Adjust To Life In A Small Town After Nearly Twenty Years In New York City Alone In The House With Her Infant Son All Day And Awake With Him Much Of The Night , She Feels Uneasy, Adrift She Neglects Her Work, Losing Untold Hours To Her Brooklyn Moms Facebook Group, Her Influencer Sister S Instagram Feed, And Text Messages With The Best Friend She Never Sees Any Enter Sam, A Senior At The Local Women S College, Whom Elisabeth Hires To Babysit Sam Is Struggling To Decide Between The Path She S Always Planned On And A Romantic Entanglement That Threatens Her Ambition She S Worried About Student Loan Debt And What The Future Holds In Short Order, They Grow Close And Become Unlikely Confidantes But When Sam Finds An Unlikely Kindred Spirit In Elisabeth S Father In Law, The True Differences Between The Women S Lives Become Starkly Revealed And A Betrayal Has Devastating Consequences 3.5 stars Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of Friends and Strangers for my honest review I loved Saints for All Occasions which was J Courtney Sullivan s last book This soon to be released novel is an intimate look at a relationship between two women the privileged writer Elisabeth, a wife and new mother recently exiled from Brooklyn to a small college town in upstate New York, and Sam, the somewhat naive student babysitter who is enad of Elisabeth and her s 3.5 stars Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of Friends and Strangers for my honest review I loved Saints for All Occasions which was J Courtney Sullivan s last book This soon to be released novel is an intimate look at a relationship between two women the privileged writer Elisabeth, a wife and new mother recently exiled from Brooklyn to a small college town in upstate New York, and Sam, the somewhat naive student babysitter who is enad of Elisabeth and her seemingly effortless sophistication While this is a well written novel, it is hard to find much relatable in the snobbish Elisabeth The character of Sam, genuinely kindhearted but caught up in a less than ideal extended holiday romance with a much older London tour guide, is farsympathetic Having recently read Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, a debut novel that also deals with the complex relationship between a sitter and her seemingly well intentioned but emotionally obtuse employer also lovely and wealthy , it was at times hard to read Sullivan s novel without being reminded of Reid s Both stories deal with class, privilege, and life filtered through social media, though Such a Fun Age has the added complexity of race which Friends and Strangers only lightly touches on.All in all, Friends and Strangers was an enjoyable read, if not as emotionally resonant as I had hoped