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Substitute Me

(2010)
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Zora Anderson is a 30-year-old African American middle class, college educated woman, trained as a chef, looking for a job. As fate would have it, Kate and Craig, a married couple, aspiring professionals with a young child are looking for a nanny.

Zora seems perfect. She's an enthusiastic caretaker, a competent house keeper, a great cook. And she wants the job, despite the fact that she won't let her African American parents and brother know anything about this new career move. They expect much more from her than to use all that good education to do what so many Blacks have dreamed of not doing: working for White folks. Working as an au pair in Paris, France no less, was one thing, they could accept that. Being a servant to a couple not much older nor more educated, is yet another. Every adult character involved in this tangled web is hiding something: the husband is hiding his desire to turn a passion for comic books into a business from his wife, the wife is hiding her professional ambitions from her husband, the nanny is hiding her job from her family and maybe her motivations for staying on her job from herself.

Memorable characters, real-life tensions and concerns and the charming - in a hip kind of way - modern-day Park Slope, Fort Greene, Brooklyn setting make for an un-put-down-able read.

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"A great read! I can only imagine the discussions this novel will stimulate in book clubs." - Kathleen Grissom


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Paperback Editions

August 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Substitute Me
Author(s): Lori L Tharps
ISBN: 1-4391-7110-6 / 978-1-4391-7110-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atria Books
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Kindle Editions

July 2010 : USA, Australia, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Substitute Me
Author(s): Lori L Tharps
Publisher: Atria Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon AU