My Hollywood

My Hollywood A wonderfully provocative and appealing novel from the much loved author of Anywhere But Here and A Regular Guy her first in ten years It tells the story of two women whose lives entwine and unfold

  • Title: My Hollywood
  • Author: Mona Simpson
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 115
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A wonderfully provocative and appealing novel, from the much loved author of Anywhere But Here and A Regular Guy, her first in ten years It tells the story of two women whose lives entwine and unfold behind the glittery surface of Hollywood.Claire, a composer and a new mother, comes to LA so her husband can follow his passion for writing television comedy Suddenly the maA wonderfully provocative and appealing novel, from the much loved author of Anywhere But Here and A Regular Guy, her first in ten years It tells the story of two women whose lives entwine and unfold behind the glittery surface of Hollywood.Claire, a composer and a new mother, comes to LA so her husband can follow his passion for writing television comedy Suddenly the marriage once a genuine 50 50 arrangement changes, with Paul working long hours and Claire left at home with a baby, William, whom she adores but has no idea how to care for Lola, a fifty two year old mother of five who is working in America to pay for her own children s higher education back in the Philippines, becomes their nanny Lola stabilizes the rocky household and soon other parents try to lure her away What she sacrifices to stay with Claire and Williamo remains her own closely guarded secret.In a novel at turns satirical and heartbreaking, where mothers modern ideas are given practical overhauls by nannies, we meet Lola s vast network of fellow caregivers, each with her own story to tell We see the upstairs competition for the best nanny and the downstairs competition for the best deal, and are forced to ask whether it is possible to buy love for our children and what that transaction costs us all.We look into two contemporary marriages one in America and one in the Philippines and witness their endangerment, despite the best of intentions.My Hollywood is a tender, witty, and resonant novel that provides the profound pleasures readers have come to expect from Mona Simpson, here writing at the height of her powers.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. This book was hard to stick with. The writing is good, but the plot is elusive. The characters are not shallow, but I never really felt that connected. The writing is poetic, but it is too soft, and becomes like a watercolor that is blurry and pale. This novel needs more than washes of color that allude to things like weather and buildings, nuances of expressions rather than full frontal portraits. I found it convoluted and jumpy. The point of view goes back and forth between the two main charac [...]

    2. My Hollywood is a soulful, insightful journey through the worlds of motherhood and caregiving in "Hollywood," (which is really Santa Monica, CA). Told alternately from the points of view of a Filipina nanny (Lola) and the young mother she works for (Claire), the story takes place during the 1990s, a time and place I know well, and the tone always rings true. The novel delves deeply into the psyches of these two women and centers primarily around Lola's experience as she balances her competing de [...]

    3. On their first date, Paul and Claire have already divvied the responsibilities of keeping their careers and managing a child: The former as a TV comedy write; the latter as a classical composer."50/50," Paul tells her -- which in retrospect becomes the laughable math of a man who will spend 14 hours day with other writers, trying to create comedy. A sound stage where he looks more at home than when he is at home, and a steady stream Diet Coke coursing through his bladder. Claire's not exactly hi [...]

    4. Novel. Deals with similar issues as Kathryn Stockett's The Help. Juxtaposes the voices of a 30-something mother of one (a son) and the Filipino grandmother nanny who cares for her child during the week. The nanny has a family of her own, with a husband, children and grandchildren back in the Philippines but works in the States to earn $$ to send back to her family so they can get a good education. A good education is of ultimate importance to her. Her values compared with the values of the Ameri [...]

    5. Parenthood, I often write on greeting cards to new parents, is an exercise in failure. When you’re finished tiptoeing through the tulips with the Snugli strapped to your chest, take your addle-brained self to a quiet room and steel yourself against the mistakes you are about to make. Acknowledge right then and there from the Comfort Grand Swivel Glider that many – if not most – of the actions you will take in association with this helpless miniature human are likely to be wrong-headed, bra [...]

    6. I had many problems with this novel.First and foremost I could not stand Claire, the mother. I know we are supposed to like Lola more than Claire and that Claire's redemption is part of the whole plot, however, I found Claire to be narcissistic and boring. She was an imbecile who should never have had children.Second, as someone familiar with Los Angeles, I found the picture of Los Angeles that the author presented to be stereotypical and shallow. Los Angles is a very complex city with many laye [...]

    7. I wasn't always crazy about the writing style--found it unnecessarily obscure in parts, but I did really like the characterization of Claire and Lola in counterpoint. The lives of privileged stay-at-home mothers compared to their nannies, was well-done, avoiding too much stereotyping, except when that is the point! It really made me think about the way we treat babysitters and immigrant workers. Unfortunately, many of the characters are really hard to like, especially among the mothers. Slowly w [...]

    8. I don't know why I bothered with this book. I didn't like the previous book I read from this same author, but it came up, so whatever. I was blah on this book too. I don't know why. The topic is okay, but just how it's written, it just doesn't do it for me. This book is about two different women's life in Los Angeles. One is your typical "Hollywood" mother. She and her husband moved out west so he could get a low level job writing for a TV show before he becomes the toast of town. They have a so [...]

    9. I really enjoyed this book. Kind of a modern day, across the country version of The Help. Really pulls back the layers on so many topics from classism, racism,etc, all under the guise of what it means to be a mother, a wife, a friend. I love stories that explore cultures other than my own, and because so many west coast nannies are Fillipinas, Asians, Hispanic, I got a different angle! And this is not glamour-filled Hollywood. This is striving-to-be-someone and not quite making it Hollywood. A s [...]

    10. So far so good. "My Hollywood" is the story of two women: (1) a composer-turned-mother who struggles with modern motherhood and (2) her son's nanny. Certainly as a mother who has had her own struggles with her identity as a woman/mother, I appreciate the book's themes and exploration of motherhood a great deal. The author has a deft touch and an interesting style. I read the first page of the book a couple of months ago and didn't like her style -- it felt too clipped. (Read the first page to se [...]

    11. This amazing novel devoured me as I devoured it. I was confined to bed, recovering from a virus but finally able to read; the perfect excuse to do what I spend most of my time doing anyway, but in this case purely for my own enjoyment. There was so much to enjoy. Claire, new mother, wife of an aspiring TV writer, herself a composer, is quite simply adrift and overwhelmed by motherhood. Surrounded by the kinds of mothers you find in books such as The Nanny Diaries, Claire is a unique character wh [...]

    12. The Good Stuff Characters are very realistic Makes you think about the life of a Nanny Very honest some nice dry humorThe Not so Good Stuff I disliked pretty much all of the characters. Couldn't understand the decisions the characters made or have any understanding of the worlds they are from Quite depressing Writing style seemed to be almost fragmented, which left me lost and confused Uncomfortable to read at times, as some of the thoughts the characters mention bring back my thoughts while I w [...]

    13. ************Spoiler Alert!!*********************I have no idea why anyone would rate this book with more than 2 stars. I've been reading this one for a bit--it's a 16+ hour audio, for one thing. But mostly because I dreaded getting into the car and turning it on. Why didn't I stop? Because I bought it--and I don't waste money.I defy these other reviewers to prove to me why they think it's so much like "The Help." Just because a story has a maid in it does not "The Help" make. Sure, Lola had stru [...]

    14. The thing that really affected my opinion of this book--which is about a Hollywood community of rich folks and their often Filipina nannies, alternately narrated by a nanny and a mother--was its style. Simpson is a literate and intelligent writer, but I found that there were, for lack of a better term, gaps. Thoughts would be finished and another picked up, and I felt that I was missing something, that something necessary had not been written in between. This made it harder to connect to the sto [...]

    15. I was annoyed with the protagonist of this book, Claire. On the outside, I have so much in common with her. But on the inside I felt myself identifying more and more with Lola, the nanny. In the end I found Claire's "too cool to be a mom" attitude, her narcissistic and almost sickly attachment to her career, and her resentment of her child and husband not very believable. I think that's the way that people expect women who are career-oriented to feel about the family/work dichotomy. They expect [...]

    16. Since everyone says that this book is so much like The Help, I avoided it. I didn't like The Help but this book (which I listened to) I really enjoyed! Bhama Roget, who narrated the book, did an incredible job, especially with the voice of Filipina Lola. It was fascinating view into the lives of the folks who hire nannies and even more so, the lives of those nannies. Though I don't know if Lola's experience is typical, it felt genuine. As someone who has lived with people for the Phillipines, it [...]

    17. This is one of those books that is hard to rate. The mother characters are not very likeable, so in some respects the book is painful. It is an interesting look at the lives of immigrant women (often professionals in their own countries), working as domestic help in LA (they call them babysitters in the book). Negotiations, finding positions, what they are leaving behind in their country, the love for the children they care for. 2.5

    18. I thought I'd really be drawn to this book, considering my relationship with our children's caregiver and my role as a working mom. But it just didn't draw me in. It seemed a little obvious and cloying. It also read more like a (kind of dull) memoir than fiction.

    19. I think this was a very well-written book, but I had a hard time relating to the characters or their situation. I want to read others by this author, though, as many friends whose opinions I respect laud her work.

    20. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT waste your money on this book. So bad I had to stop reading it (which I rarely do). Inane plot, unlikeable characters, uncompelling story. Terrible dreck.

    21. While reading this disjointed mess, I kept checking the cover to make sure this really was written by Mona Simpson.

    22. Almost 50 years have passed since Betty Friedan published "The Feminine Mystique," but just last month we ran this headline in The Post: "Working mothers not necessarily harmful to children's development." How's that for reassuring when you're running off to a conference with mashed banana on your blouse? Loaded pistols in the nursery aren't necessarily harmful either, but good grief, lady, why take that risk! And by the way, what's for dinner?Plenty of feminists have noted that, having failed t [...]

    23. I loved this book but wondered how well the white author had done capturing the Filipina experience so I asked a Filipina friend to read it and she was amazed at how spot on it was, which made me feel even better about adoring it. The characters are movingly and realistically drawn, and the tensions between wealthy white women and the Filipina women working in their homes and as their nannies are searingly portrayed. I read this at least five years ago but when a friend just asked me to recommen [...]

    24. Listened to. Alternating chapters from Lola the Philapino nanny/babysitter and the different families. - Clair and her husband. And Helen and her husband that she cares fo in the Santa Monica area. Lola 's goal is to send home enough money to put her children through college and. Daughter through medical school. Title comes from Lola view as opposed to the employers.

    25. The characters were very boring and hard to like. I had a love/hate relationship with Lola she whined and acted privileged most of the book. This book took me forever to read it didn't have a even pace. Sometimes I'd be really into it and others I had a lot of trouble

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