"When the maid is mistaken for the mistress it is time for the
mistress to ask the maid to leave."
Agnieszka comes to live with Martyn and Hattie as an au pair. The
family dynamic changes, bit by bit, shifting the daily domestic and
child-rearing responsibilities from Hattie to Agnieszka. Kitty, at
six months of age, adores her new au pair. Hattie, an editor with a
book publisher, looks at Agnieska as a Godsend; Hattie can go back
to work after a six-month leave of absence rather than the
full-year leave she initially requested.
Fay Weldon has woven countless subplots, offering the reader
insight into political an