My New American Life

My New American Life

Book - 2011
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While working for an idealistic college professor, twenty-six-year old Lula, an Albanian trying to make a better life for herself in America, finds her life taking a complicated turn when her Albanian "brothers" return, in a novel set in the aftermath of 9/11.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061713767
Branch Call Number: PROSE
Characteristics: 306 p. ; 24 cm


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Jul 08, 2016

Loved the Book. It is a scandalous book full with mature languages. Journey with Lula as she try to fit in in her new American life by getting her green card . The only thing in her way is the lies she is telling to her boss and immigration lawyer

WVMLStaffPicks Aug 29, 2014

One of my favourite American writers, Prose perfectly captures the voices of her characters. Read this to get inside the world of a recent immigrant to the U.S. Lula is a 36-year-old Albanian living in NYC, caring for the teenage son of a man who was abandoned by his wife. A refreshingly candid view of life in Albania and in America.

Sep 04, 2012

Well - a new writer has appeared on the horizon . Francine Prose is highly skilled at social satire ! Loved this book , and will read more of her work

Aug 08, 2012

26 yr old Albanian Lula's new Amer life when she's hired as nanny to 17 yr old Zeke. His Dad helps her with immigration issues and she deals with her own issues.

Jan 03, 2012

Lula, a young immigrant from Albania, navigates life in the US in the post-9/11 Bush years.

This book is entertaining, the comic moments?and there are many?are satirical. I just wish the characters and the situations hadn't seemed stereotypes. But, maybe that's how it is when every situation is fraught with all kinds of nuance a person new to living here sees differently than those who have been here all their lives.

debwalker Apr 28, 2011

"Francine Prose's 16th book of fiction, My New American Life, takes an unusually lighthearted approach to the immigrant novel. Prose, a native New Yorker, has produced a social satire about post-9/11 America as seen through the eyes of a scrappy 26-year-old Albanian orphan named Lula. Coming from a paranoid culture of duplicity and larceny, "the most extreme and crazy Communist society in Europe," Lula lies her way to New York, "the so-called land of opportunity," on a tourist visa. She finds a different sort of paranoia in Bush-Cheney America—"And yet, for all the mixed feelings shared by waiters and busboys alike, the strongest emotion everyone felt was the desire to stay here."

With her visa running out, Lula lands a job as a live-in nanny in suburban New Jersey—"

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