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Minding Ben - A Novel

Victoria Brown

Minding Ben invites listeners into the private world of one of the anonymous West Indian babysitters who have peopled the lives of so many young urban families for decades. Grace left Trinidad for New York with hopes for a better life and education. As she struggles to adjust to her new life-and to determine just what shape her American Dream will take-Grace finds work as a nanny for the unconscionable Bruckners, a job that pays meager wages for its demanding and humiliating responsibilities. At the mercy of her employers, and unprepared for the playground politics within the West Indian babysitting community, Grace nevertheless carries the day as she navigates the complicated world of America with strength and perseverance. Minding Ben offers a rarely seen account of the immigrant experience in this strong, compassionate, and insightful narrative.

Minding Ben invites listeners into the private world of one of the anonymous West Indian babysitters who have peopled the lives of so many young urban families for decades. Grace left Trinidad for New York with hopes for a better life and education. As she struggles to adjust to her new life-and to determine just what shape her American Dream will take-Grace finds work as a nanny for the unconscionable Bruckners, a job that pays meager wages for its demanding and humiliating responsibilities. At the mercy of her employers, and unprepared for the playground politics within the West Indian babysitting community, Grace nevertheless carries the day as she navigates the complicated world of America with strength and perseverance. Minding Ben offers a rarely seen account of the immigrant experience in this strong, compassionate, and insightful narrative.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Minding Ben invites listeners into the private world of one of the anonymous West Indian babysitters who have peopled the lives of so many young urban families for decades. Grace left Trinidad for New York with hopes for a better life and education. As she struggles to adjust to her new life-and to determine just what shape her American Dream will take-Grace finds work as a nanny for the unconscionable Bruckners, a job that pays meager wages for its demanding and humiliating responsibilities. At the mercy of her employers, and unprepared for the playground politics within the West Indian babysitting community, Grace nevertheless carries the day as she navigates the complicated world of America with strength and perseverance. Minding Ben offers a rarely seen account of the immigrant experience in this strong, compassionate, and insightful narrative.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Joyce Bean

Length:

12h 43m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

20:14


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

35:42


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

15:28


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

15:28


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

16:09


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:00


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

16:38


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

23:21


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

13:22


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

21:49


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

10:47


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

11:06


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

26:03


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

31:39


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

21:06


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

11:25


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

15:12


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

19:30


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

15:18


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

19:27


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

19:22


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

14:06


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

23:15


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

17:15


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

29:24


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

25:21


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

33:25


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

31:36


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

21:14


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

21:23


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

23:24


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:25


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

16:49


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:03


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

22:51


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

28:00


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

19:20


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

24:27


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:19


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

00:23