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Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Jane grew up in Flushing, New York in a predominantly
Korean neighborhood. She came to America as a very small child to be raised by her Uncle and Aunt after her mother died. Her Korean language skills were never perfect, her mixed looks (half Korean, half American) frowned upon. Jane never felt like she fit in. After graduating college Jane is ready to take on the world, basically just get the heck out of working in her Uncle's grocery store and as far away from Queens as possible. When her post grad job slips away, Jane accepts a position as a nanny, unexpectedly, in Brooklyn. A chance to escape the small life she is living but not quite her dream come true. The Mazar-Farley's are a fascinating bunch of characters. Ed a Brooklynite turned academic, Beth, an academic turned extreme feminist and an adopted little girl named Devon that mirrors the fears Jane sees in herself. Jane finally grows up, experiences real friendships, and some not so real. She falls in love and finds out the truth about her mother, her father and herself that finally puts all the pieces of her life together. Re Jane is about immigrant families, traditions, loyalty and friendship. This novel is beautifully written, laugh out loud funny and incredibly touching. I highly recommend this unique look into another culture, and the heart of a truly fabulous main character. Must read!