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Although cultural mores are changing, foreign nannies remain a rarity in Japan compared with many Western countries. Rarer still is the foreign nanny novel set in Japan.

Regardless of culture, however, when it comes to the minding and rearing of children, there will always be tension involved. Alison Jean Lester uses that tension in telling the story of Diana, an American nanny who takes a short-term job in Boston looking after a Japanese family and their newborn daughter, Yuki.

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