Substitute Me

Substitute Me

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Zora Anderson is a 30-year-old African American middle class, college educated woman, trained as a chef, looking for a job. As fate would have it, Kate and Craig, a married couple, aspiring professionals with a young child are looking for a nanny. Zora seems perfect. Shea€™s an enthusiastic caretaker, a competent house keeper, a great cook. And she wants the job, despite the fact that she wona€™t let her African American parents and brother know anything about this new career move. They expect much more from her than to use all that good education to do what so many Blacks have dreamed of not doing: working for White folks. Working as an au pair in Paris, France no less, was one thing, they could accept that. Being a servant to a couple not much older nor more educated, is yet another. Every adult character involved in this tangled web is hiding something: the husband is hiding his desire to turn a passion for comic books into a business from his wife, the wife is hiding her professional ambitions from her husband, the nanny is hiding her job from her family and maybe her motivations for staying on her job from herself. Memorable characters, real-life tensions and concerns and the charminga€”in a hip kind of waya€”modern-day Park Slope, Fort Greene, Brooklyn setting make for an un-put-down-able read.a€œSharpa€ had been Katea#39;s word, so Zora had checked the bus schedule the night before, twice, just to be sure. Sometimes she missed her black Volkswagen Jetta, sitting back home in Ann Arbor, collecting dust in her parentsa#39; garage.

Title:Substitute Me
Author:Lori L. Tharps
Publisher:Simon and Schuster - 2010-08-24


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