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, 2018.
ISBN: 9780143132172
Branch Call Number: FIC Slima
Characteristics: 228 pages ; 20 cm


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May 18, 2019


Mar 15, 2019

NYT 10 Best 2018

mazinwhistler Feb 14, 2019

As a I mother I was very anxious after reading the prologue at the start of this book. It is however very well written and I was engaged and keen to find out what happened and I am glad I persisted. It is a gripping tale, although creepy in many ways and had me on the edge knowing the end result from the start. A worthwhile read!

Feb 14, 2019

Terrible book.

Jan 22, 2019

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐

Disturbing drama...

Myriam and Paul have found her at last, the perfect nanny for their two young children. Now their lives will be perfect too...with careers to challenge them, and a wonderful nanny to help raise their family. She cooks, she cleans, she plays games with the children...what more could one ask? But Louise is far, far from perfect and Myriam and Paul will soon have their lives destroyed in the most terrible way imaginable.

As Louise integrates herself more and more fully into the family’s life, warning signs become clear, but will anyone pay attention?

Pros: Short, concise chapters and well developed characters.

Cons: Not much plot at all, and I felt the ending let the book down...the first chapter, while incredibly disturbing and difficult to read, was much stronger than the ending.

Not sure about this one actually...terrifying content, so please be ready for that if you choose to read this one. Unfortunately, I didn’t love it.

Dec 18, 2018

Absolutely loved this book! Read it for my book club and I know there will be lots to discuss.

Dec 13, 2018

This book is perfect. For what it is, it's written flawlessly. Highly Recommend.

Nov 21, 2018

Unsatisfactory ending. Ok read otherwise

Nov 06, 2018

Well maybe not so perfect after all, as the story unfolds about a Parisian couple who hire a petite blond woman to be nanny to their children. As the story unfolds, the perfect nanny begins to fall apart ending with the death of the children. The reader knows from the beginning the that children are dead…it’s the first thing learned, and then the story begins at the beginning.

Oct 27, 2018

Why does continental Europe produce so few contemporary novels (aside from Nordic crime books) that sell internationally? This book is a compendium of the failings that condemn them to local obscurity. Characters abstracted from reality, stories that are allegorical rather than realistic and a fixation on morbid existentialism. Winner of the Prix Goncourt in France and a dud everywhere else.

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