The Perfect Nanny

The Perfect Nanny

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"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"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Books, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780143132172
0143132172
Characteristics: 228 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Taylor, Sam 1970-- Translator
Alternative Title: Chanson douce

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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 apartm... Read More »


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kennethek
May 19, 2018

Like one reader said "ending has no twist". Well the beginning has no twist either. Why start the book that way? The style/ambiance is very much like Modiano (recent Nobel). There really is a lot going on beneath the waters but the story is basically dull and very unpleasant. Worth a few hours' investment? Toss up.

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mclarjh
May 18, 2018

Good writing, if a little light.

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Cynthia488
May 07, 2018

Stopped reading about 30 pages in. And not because of the dark subject matter, because of the style of writing. This is a perfect example of an author that breaks the cardinal rule, "Show, don't tell." I don't want to be told how the main characters feel, I want to see it in action. Show the mother stealing the pair of socks, being surprised to find them after leaving the store. Don't tell me after the fact that she was surprised to find she had stolen them. The 30 pages or so that I got through is riddled with similar examples.

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krsbozo
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.

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julioh
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.

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PansyT
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.

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Ravenpicks13
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.

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lifesastitch
Mar 01, 2018

A character study more than a story. Felt unfinished.

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