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Minding Ben by Victoria Brown

If you read 2003’s  The Nanny Diaries, and want a better written, more sobering look at the strange life of rearing children in New York City, you will enjoy Victoria Brown’s recent novel, Minding Ben.  It tells the story of 16-year old Grace Caton’s move from Trinidad to Crown Heights, Brooklyn and hence to Manhattan as a nanny.  What was most interesting to me, was not the story of her employment, but rather the story of her rich relationship with her parents in Trinidad and the complex relationships she has with other immigrants in the Heights.  The novel grows in part from the author’s experience when she came to New York alone and worked as a nanny.  Now a Vassar College graduate, she has taught at LaGuardia College and is now working on her MFA.  Look for much much more from Brown!

Amy P.

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