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Nothing to See Here (2019)

por Kevin Wilson

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Lillian and Madison were unlikely, yet inseparable friends at their boarding school. Then Lillian had to leave the school unexpectedly in the wake of a scandal, and they have barely spoken since. Years later, Lillian gets a letter from Madison pleading for her help. Madison's twin stepkids are moving in, and she wants Lillian to be their caretaker. However, there's a catch: the twins spontaneously combust when they get agitated. Lillian is convinced Madison is pulling her leg, but it's the truth. Thinking of the life that has consistently disappointed her, Lillian figures she has nothing to lose. Over the course of one demanding summer, Lillian and the twins learn to trust each other while also staying out of the way of Madison's uptight husband. Surprised by her intense feelings of protectiveness she feels for them, Lillian ultimately begins to accept that she needs these strange children as much as they need her. Could this be the start of the amazing life she'd always hoped for?… (mais)
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You can’t beat a serendipitous 5 star charity shop purchase from an author you’ve never heard of. (The fact it was only published last year and in pristine condition adding to its appeal) Despite this, I ummed and ahhed a little before buying it, yet buy it I did and furthermore started reading it straight away - swiftly finding out I had struck the aforementioned gold ( )
  Dzaowan | Feb 15, 2024 |
This book was a sometimes darkly funny, sometimes horrifying, quirky, and sweet story about misfits, young and old, based on a strange premise: children with some genetic condition that causes them to combust when agitated, and even at will as they grow older. Stranger still is the fact they themselves are not hurt by the flames emanating from them, but the flames nevertheless ignite objects or burn people they touch. Ten-year-old twins Bessie and Roland Roberts have plenty of reason to be agitated: When they were five, they and their mother were discarded by their father, Senator Roberts, when he found a new wife, Madison - who worked miracles on his campaign. Then after their mother's death, the Senator, who is on a short list to be the next Secretary of State, needs to take them back and wants to keep them out of the spotlight so they don't damage his prospects. Madison decides to hire a governess - her best friend from boarding school, Lillian, who had taken the fall for Madison, vis-a-vis a handsome payoff to her mother, and gotten expelled yet remained loyal via correspondence in the years since. The Senator is a complete asshole; Madison is somewhat more redemptive; and Lillian really shines in the end. I found Lillian's character a little unbelievable - she seemed more male than female - but nevertheless the story was entertaining. ( )
  bschweiger | Feb 4, 2024 |
This is an interesting concept. What would life be like if we caught on fire every time we were upset? That's the challenge the main character faces in taking care of a couple of "fire children". I enjoyed this book, but it's not what I would classify as a happy story. It has a logical ending, which, in truth, is merely another beginning. It would be interesting to see how life plays out for these characters. ( )
  Woodardja | Jan 30, 2024 |
An odd twist to finding your purpose in life. Pretty good story. Kirkus: Decades after an unforgivable trespass, two childhood friends are reunited in a most unusual arrangement.Wilson is a remarkable writer for many different reasons, as demonstrated by his quirky novels, Perfect Little World (2017) and The Family Fang (2011), and tons of short stories. One of his greatest strengths is the ability to craft an everyday family drama and inject it with one odd element that turns the story on its head. He?s done it again here, writing once more about family but with some most unusual children and a particularly charming narrator. Back in the day, Lillian and Madison were besties at an elite boarding school, the former a smart scholarship student and the latter a quirky but spoiled rich girl. But when Madison got into trouble, privilege reared its ugly head, and Lillian was the one kicked out of school. Now grown, she spends her days at her dead-end job and her off hours getting stoned. Out of the blue, Madison reappears, now mother to her darling boy, Timothy, and the wife of a U.S. senator and budding political star. But the family is in a quandary over what to do with the senator?s twin children from a previous marriage, Bessie and Roland. Oh, and by the way, the twins spontaneously combust when they?re angry or upset. No harm comes to them, but clothes, houses, and anything else in their orbit can go up in flames. Lillian is offered a job looking after the twins for the summer until the fam can figure out what to do with the little fireballs. To her own surprise, Lillian turns out to be a terrific guardian, despite her own doubts. ?They were me, unloved and fucked over, and I was going to make sure they got what they needed,? she affirms. The book?s denouement is a bit predictable, but Lillian develops into an engaging parental proxy in Wilson?s latest whimsical exploration of family.A funny and touching fable about love for kids, even the ones on fire.
  bentstoker | Jan 26, 2024 |
I found this book a wry parable about the vanishing American landscape for innocence, sincerity, and the disintegration of the family unit. Oddly, it seemed to have a fractured fairy-tale type happy ending, a kind of booby-hatch for the displaced.

It reminded me of the extreme satire of Fay Weldon novels. And I love Fay Weldon novels. ( )
  MylesKesten | Jan 23, 2024 |
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She flipped her hair in such a way that it could only have been instinctual, evolution.
"Because you're poor, right? But you're here. You want power, too."
"I just want to go to college, to get out of here," I said, but I felt like maybe she was right. I'd learn to want all that stuff she said. I could go for power.
"I think we'll be friends," she said. "I hope so, at least."
"God," I said, trying to keep my whole body from convulsing, "I hope so, too."
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Lillian and Madison were unlikely, yet inseparable friends at their boarding school. Then Lillian had to leave the school unexpectedly in the wake of a scandal, and they have barely spoken since. Years later, Lillian gets a letter from Madison pleading for her help. Madison's twin stepkids are moving in, and she wants Lillian to be their caretaker. However, there's a catch: the twins spontaneously combust when they get agitated. Lillian is convinced Madison is pulling her leg, but it's the truth. Thinking of the life that has consistently disappointed her, Lillian figures she has nothing to lose. Over the course of one demanding summer, Lillian and the twins learn to trust each other while also staying out of the way of Madison's uptight husband. Surprised by her intense feelings of protectiveness she feels for them, Lillian ultimately begins to accept that she needs these strange children as much as they need her. Could this be the start of the amazing life she'd always hoped for?

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