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Do Try to Speak as We Do

Do Try to Speak as We Do

The Diary of an American Au Pair

Marjorie Leet Ford

Thomas Dunne Books

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It seems like the perfect job: an upper middle class English family desperately needs a nanny. The father is an aspiring novelist, the children are well-heeled, and the mother's accent radiates with charm over the transatlantic phone. So young Melissa jumps at the chance to travel overseas and live an aristocratic life of tea and crumpets. But her romantic notions are shattered when she becomes an unwitting target of the family's genteel snobbery, icy wrath, and ridiculous misunderstandings. Melissa's letters home cast a sharp eye and quick wit on the family's bizarre cast of friends and relatives, but she eventually learns that a little bit of understanding and tolerance can go a long way - and can even teach her more about herself - in Do Try to Speak as We Do by Marjorie Leet Ford.

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“A sweet charmer, and a promising debut.” —Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

Marjorie Leet Ford

Marjorie Leet Ford lives in San Francisco. She has worked as a broadcast producer and conceived the long-running National Public Radio series "Tell Me a Story," traveling around the world to record great writers, including Raymond Carver, Eudora Welty, John Updike, and Alice Walker, reading their short stories. She was also once an au pair in England. Do Try to Speak as We Do is her first novel.

Marjorie Leet Ford

Marjorie Leet Ford

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