The Perfect Nanny

The Perfect Nanny

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"One of the most important books of the year." --NPR's Weekend Edition
"Extraordinary." -- The New Yorker
"The first 'hot' novel of 2018." -- The Washington Post
"You won't move until you reach the last page." -- People

Named One of 2018's Most Anticipated Books by NPR's Weekend Edition, Real Simple, The Millions, The Guardian, Bustle, and Book Riot

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, a French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect nanny for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite, devoted woman who sings to the children, cleans the family's chic apartment in Paris's upscale tenth arrondissement, 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, and motherhood--and the American debut of an immensely talented writer.

The #1 international bestseller and winner of France's most prestigious literary prize, the Goncourt
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, c2018
ISBN: 9780143132172
Branch Call Number: SLI
Characteristics: 228 p. ;,20 cm
Additional Contributors: Taylor, Sam 1970-


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Apr 13, 2018

Dark, but compelling story about every parent's worst nightmare. Interesting choice to set it in France instead of the United States.

Apr 12, 2018

I am at page 49, and have been forcing myself to read this book. But, I don't think I will continue. I have a very difficult time with such topics. The first line , in fact the first page, was too hard on me. The librarian warned me that it was a dark book. So difficult to read about children being harmed : (

DPLjennyp Apr 06, 2018

Wow. This is a fascinating and harrowing read; even more so since it's actually inspired by a true story.

Mar 31, 2018

Very quick read, and interesting from the Paris life perspective. I did feel there were areas that could have been developed or rounded out. We see flashes of Louise’s temper, and her financial distress, without much clarity. Whatever became of her daughter, Stephanie? Louise seemed to have steady employment and a decent wage, free meals and so on, but after many years was still in desperate straits. Was her heavy use of makeup and elegant nail care of any importance? None of it, including the wish to be included in the family, seemed to add up to the terrible murder of the children. (No spoiler alert, because we know this from page one). I have seen reviews with opinions stating that the translation from French was somewhat clunky, but that still would not resolve the “unsatisfied” feeling at the end.

Mar 01, 2018

I thought this book was good. I think that it was sort of like a dateline episode you would see on T.V.. It tells you what happens and then explains the story. I think most of the story is waiting for our reaction to the written word. So it can be a bit dull at times, and maybe you think the ending has a twist, but it doesn't. This is a makes you think, kind of novel.

Mar 01, 2018

A character study more than a story. Felt unfinished.

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