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Minding Ben af Victoria Brown

Minding Ben (udgave 2011)

af Victoria Brown

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"The Nanny Diaries" meets "The Help" in a riveting debut novel that follows an idealistic young woman as she leaves Trinidad for a new life in New York City--as a nanny.
Titel:Minding Ben
Forfattere:Victoria Brown
Info:Voice (2011), Hardcover, 352 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek

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Minding Ben af Victoria Brown

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    Lucy af Jamaica Kincaid (sparemethecensor)
    sparemethecensor: Minding Ben reads as almost a modern update of Lucy: women come from the West Indies to work as nannies for rich, white Americans, encountering racism, classism, and culture shock.
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    The Nanny Diaries af Emma McLaughlin (lahochstetler)
    lahochstetler: Stories about the trials of nannies and the children they care for in the wealthiest corners of Manhattan.

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I have had this book sitting on my TBR stack for awhile now. I finally decided to read this book for a challenge. I am glad I read the book.

Minding Ben is a story about a young girl named Grace from Trinidad. She decides to go to America to help her cousin raise her child. When she finally goes to New York her cousin never picks her up at the airport.

Grace meets many different people in New York and finally becomes a nanny to a little boy named Ben. The parents are Sol and Miriam. I really didn't care for Miriam or Sol. Miriam because I just felt that she was very mean to Grace. Plus I felt that Miriam had a chip on her shoulder. Sol I would get annoyed with because he was nice to Grace but then would be different when his wife was around.

I enjoyed reading the book even though some of the book was written in a broken dialect. That gave the story more truth to it. Giving you the feeling of actually listening to ladies from the Islands talking.
Not sure if the author Victoria Brown will be continuing Grace's story but it would be interesting to see where she goes. ( )
  crazy4reading | Nov 28, 2013 |
Half-way through this book I was frustrated - I felt like there was a lot of character introduction missing. I couldn't figure out why Grace was living with Sylvia, who Bo was (Sylvia's lover, friend, cousin, brother?), and there was no explanation as to what happened after Grace was left at the airport. I was a hundred pages in, I couldn't stop despite the fact that I was really annoyed.

I'd say that's a sign of a good book.

While some of those frustrations could have been handled much earlier on, the fact that Grace's missing year and a half aren't explained until later turns out to be pretty important. I'm still a little annoyed that we never found out what happened with Carmen - though I'm pretty sure I have an idea...or I'm just going to continue to use my imagination. Book groups could have a field day with the missing Carmen story!

As a former babysitter for an upper middle class family, I could empathize with Grace (despite the fact that I didn't have my own concerns of sponsorship). Everyone wants to raise their children in a specific way, but then there are those special folks that actually want OTHER people to raise the kid, but in their way.

Bottom line: a good read. ( )
  melissarochelle | Apr 10, 2013 |
could not get on the same page with the narrator perhaps another day ( )
  lindap69 | Apr 5, 2013 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Beautiful cover art ( )
  lorespar | Oct 28, 2012 |
Overall I enjoyed this book I really liked the main character and following her life especially her relationship with the guy upstairs. There were some slow parts for me and some of the language was hard to follow plus being Jewish there was one point where a blessing was made that I dont even think is a real blessing so not sure whats up with that. I really liked the ending, I thought it was fast paced and interesting and in the end thought it was an pretty decent book, not one of my favs but definetly worth the read. ( )
  rtroth | Jun 5, 2012 |
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Part of the novel’s appeal lies in Grace’s spirited voice, but the fascinating insider details on the nanny life also add an extra dimension. “I did reference my life story when I was writing the book,” says Brown, a 37-year-old wife, mother of two, and MFA student at Hunter College. “Like Grace, I came to New York from Trinidad when I was 16 and worked as a nanny in New Jersey and Manhattan. And Grace shares my middle name.”

Although a social satire in some ways like The Nanny Diaries (Grace has to take nightly nude photos of her pregnant employer), Minding Ben is also a moving immigrant story. Brown vividly depicts the vibrant and diverse West Indian communities of Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood, where Grace lives when she’s not working for the Bruckners. Especially notable is the author’s knack for the colorful patois that distinguish various Caribbean nationalities, from Trinidadians to Jamaicans.
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