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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (877 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mona Simpson Narrator: Bhama Roget Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Claire, a composer and a new mother, comes to Los Angeles so that her husband can follow his dream of writing television comedy. With Paul working all hours and Claire left with the baby, William, whom she adores but has no idea how to care for, they hire Lola, a fifty-two-year-old mother of five who works in America to pay for her own children’s education back in the Philippines. Lola stabilizes the rocky household, and other parents try to lure her away. What she sacrifices to stay with Claire and William remains her own secret.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Simpson works habitual magic, showing how love travels, ownerless and unbidden, among children who need adults and adults who need children.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “It takes a very subtle, sophisticated, and confident writer to make our most common problems come off as unique on the page as they feel at three in the morning.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “This is a domestic novel and a highly political one.”

    Time

  • “It takes a very subtle, sophisticated, and confident writer to make our most common problems come off as unique on the page as they feel at three in the morning.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Beautifully realized…One of the most insightful books in years about contemporary American life.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “The real richness of My Hollywood lies in Simpson’s gift for conveying enormous meaning in moments depicted so prosaically that they don’t reveal their significance at first glance.”

    Boston Globe

  • “This is classic Simpson…The most serious and potent truths are told.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “A hilarious and heartbreaking take on the real housewives of Southern California.”

    Marie Claire

  • “Writing in both women’s voices, Simpson deploys a sharp eye and mordant wit to show us the backstairs view of a Hollywood we’ve never seen.”

    More magazine

  • “In Mona Simpson’s new novel about a modern marriage and its discontents, the saga of its Filipina domestic sketches a new variation on the American dream…An intimate, ironic tale.”

    Elle

  • “Simpson tells a blistering story of fractured love and flailing parents…Simpson’s taut prose allows her to drill into the heart of relationships, oftentimes with a single biting sentence. Funny, smart, and filled with razor sharp observations about life and parenthood.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ann Ferguson | 1/12/2014

    " Enjoyed the book, but had a very hard time relating to the characters.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Eva | 1/12/2014

    " I mostly enjoyed reading this book. I became invested in one of the main characters, and wanted good things to happen to her. And, the book made me think about parenting (mostly mothering) and the ways in which others help raise our kids. That said, I couldn't get past how off she was in terms of writing about children. They were frequently doing things that were developmentally off (usually doing things that much older kids would do). It kept tripping me up. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Georgia Taylor | 1/12/2014

    " I wasn't interested in the characters. It dragged a lot. And there are just too many good books out there! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Julia Smillie | 1/10/2014

    " You know...I was so excited about this book. I first read Mona Simpson in the 80s and loved, loved much of her stuff. Maybe I'm in the wrong place for this, but I just couldn't get into it. I wasn't invested in any of the characters and didn't love the storyline. I'm gonna put it aside and maybe come back to it later. "

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