The Perfect Nanny

The Perfect Nanny

A Novel

Book - 2019
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One of the 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR of The New York Times Book Review

*National Bestseller*

"You won't move until you reach the last page." --People

She has the keys to their apartment. She knows everything. She has embedded herself so deeply in their lives that it now seems impossible to remove her.

When Myriam decides to return to work as a lawyer after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect nanny for their son and daughter. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite, devoted woman who sings to the children, cleans the family's chic Paris apartment, stays late without complaint, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on one another, jealousy, resentment, and suspicions mount, shattering the idyllic tableau. Building tension with every page, The Perfect Nanny is a compulsive, riveting, bravely observed exploration of power, class, race, domesticity, motherhood, and madness--and the American debut of an immensely talented writer.
Publisher: United States :, Penguin Books,, 2019
ISBN: 9780525506102
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER 2019


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Sep 15, 2020

Agree with Michaelalucia, I was hoping for a little more flesh in the end. But its written so well I can see why the author ended it the way she did.

May 25, 2020

Hooks you right from the opening chapter. My only criticism was that if felt like it ended abruptly. I wanted to know what happened to the characters instead of just guessing

Mar 26, 2020

Stunning work, written so you don't miss a beat. You find out immediately who the nanny is, and from the beginning you never trust her. She's captivating in part because of this knowledge, and in part because we get to know her through her deterioration. We never get to see her fully or clearly, but through glimpses. A beautiful look into class anxiety, modern bourgeois family, gender, and diaspora. Can't sing its praises enough.

Also: I rarely read eBooks, but I had to because of COVID-19. Reading this through Overdrive in my browser was a seamless reading experience. The book was so good that I didn't mind reading on a screen. So now I'll check what else I can read online. <3

Oct 30, 2019

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