As the United States begins gearing up for war in the Middle East, twenty-year-old Tassie Keltjin, the Midwestern daughter of a gentleman hill farmer has come to a university town as a college student, her brain on fire with Chaucer, Sylvia Plath, Simone de Beauvoir. She takes a job as a part-time nanny, and as the year unfolds she is drawn deeper into the lives of the family members, her own life back home becoming ever more alien to her. Her parents are frailer, while her brother, aimless and lost in high school, contemplates joining the military. Tassie finds herself becoming more and more the stranger she feels herself to be, and she is forever changed as life and love unravel dramatically.
College students -- United States -- Fiction.
Families -- United States -- Fiction.
Nannies -- United States -- Fiction.
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