Primitive people: a novel

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What are these barbaric rituals that pass for social and family life? Who are these fearsome creatures who linger in decaying mansions and at glittery malls, trendy weddings and dinner parties? These are the questions that trouble Simone, a beautiful, smart young Haitian woman. She has fled the chaotic violence of Port-au-Prince only to find herself in a world no less brutal or bizarre -- a seemingly civilized landscape where dead sheep swing from trees, lightbulbs are ceremonially buried, fur-clad mothers carve terrifying goddesses out of pumice...and where learning to lie is the principal rite of passage into adulthood. The primitive people of this darkly satiric novel are not, as one might expect, the backward denizens of some savage isle, but the wealthy inhabitants of the Hudson Valley in upstate New York.
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display_description Fleeing the terrors of her home, a Haitian woman finds that life in America is filled with its own hardships Simone has gotten used to living in fear. After years of dictatorship, Haiti has sunk into chaos, and death is ever present. But it isn't the corpse she finds on her doorstep that convinces Simone to flee the island of her birth-it's the night she sees her lover with his arm draped around the shoulder of another. Death is one thing, but she cannot tolerate heartbreak. The assistant to the United States' cultural attaché, Simone is clever enough to get herself a green card. But when she gets to New York, she finds that her smarts cannot guarantee her a job. Accepting a position as a "caregiver" in a wealthy community upstate, Simone finds herself little more than a glorified nanny to a pair of astonishingly spoiled children. But there is a dark side to her humble new life among the WASPs, and this émigré will find that the rich can be more barbaric than she ever knew.
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subject_facet Au pairs -- Fiction, Black humor (Literature), Children of the rich -- Fiction, Electronic books, Haitians -- United States -- Fiction, Hudson River Valley (N.Y. and N.J.) -- Fiction, Humorous fiction, Illegal aliens -- Fiction, New York (State) -- Fiction, Women sculptors -- Fiction, Young women -- Fiction
title_display Primitive people
title_full Primitive people / Francine Prose, Primitive people : a novel [electronic resource] / Francine Prose
title_short Primitive people
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topic_facet Au pairs, Children of the rich, Electronic books, Haitians, Illegal aliens, Women sculptors, Young women