Author: Lisa Gornick
Genre: Contemporary fiction
Publisher: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux
Source: Review copy from the publisher
First line: Myra cradles the phone to her ear as she gives the yes that she knows even now, this April Saturday morning, should be a no.
Goodreads blurb: Myra is a Manhattan psychotherapist. A quick study and an excellent judge of character, she thinks she knows what she’s getting when she hires a nanny—it’s her job, after all, to analyze people. Her phobia-addled son has just moved back in with his wife and child, and the new nanny, Eva, seems like a perfect addition: she cleans like a demon and irons like a dream, and she forms an immediate bond with Myra’s grandson.
But as Eva, a Peruvian immigrant, reveals more of herself, what seemed a felicitous arrangement turns ominous. She racks the household with screams from a night terror. She spits in her hands to ward off evil spirits. Then, one afternoon, she settles into Myra’s patient chair and begins to expose the secrets of her past. Their relationship slowly and inexorably becomes too close, too dependent, and, ultimately, terrifyingly destructive. As events spiral out of Myra’s control, she learns that even a family as close-knit as her own can have plenty to hide.
I was sent a copy of Tinderbox to review, but it’s not grabbing me. I decided I’d pass it on to one of you – it might be more your cup of tea. Here are the details:
~ This giveaway is open to readers in the US only.
~ To enter, simply leave a comment telling me about the best work of contemporary fiction you’ve read lately.
~ One entry per person.
~ All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. PST, Friday, September 27th. On the 28th, I will randomly draw a winner and contact that person by e-mail for their mailing address.