The Pleasing Hour

The Pleasing Hour

A Novel

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
Fleeing a devastating personal loss, a young American woman heads to Paris to work as an au pair and finds both trouble and salvation within the Tivot family

Blackwell North Amer
Every autumn, on a day called la rentree, hundreds of filles descend upon Paris to move in with Parisian families and care for the children. They drink in the glamorous culture, pursue romance and the perfect accent. But Rosie is different; when she comes to live with the Tivots on their houseboat in Paris, she is fleeing an unspeakable loss that has left her hollow and longing for family.
As Rosie awkwardly grasps for the French words to communicate with the Tivots, she longs for a piece of common ground with Nicole, the cool, distant, and beautifully polished mother of the three children she cares for. Rosie's bond with Marc, the father of the household, develops almost too naturally, and the children make their way so deep inside her heart, she can practically read their thoughts. But when Lola, the middle child, begins to suspect too close an attachment between her au pair and her father, Rosie is alerted to her trespass within the family and moves to the south of France to care for Nicole's elderly guardian, the storyteller of the family's secrets.
Soon Rosie understands the tragic losses behind Nicole's austere demeanor and sees that the two of them have more in common than she believed.

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& Taylor

Fleeing a devastating personal loss, a young American woman heads to Paris to work as an au pair and finds both trouble and salvation within the Tivot family. A first novel. 35,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 1999.
ISBN: 9780871137548
0871137542
Branch Call Number: KIN
Characteristics: 237 p. ; 24 cm.

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