I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Perfect Nanny by Leïla Slimani
Published by Penguin on December 31st 1969
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
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A French novel recently translated to English, about a nanny who goes from Mary Poppins to Jodi Arias. Short, disturbing and bone chilling, the book also points out the often crazy imbalance of class and money between employers and their employees.
****I am going to spoil this a tiny bit, because it’s in the books opening pages, but I’m pretty sure this is inspired by the NYC nanny back in 2012… So parents, or people who just like kids, beware!
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