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The Perfect Nanny

Slimani, Leïla, 1981- Book - 2018 Fiction / Slimani, Leila, Adult Book / Fiction / General / Slimani, Leila 3 On Shelf 2 requests on 8 copies Community Rating: 3.2 out of 5

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Call Number: Fiction / Slimani, Leila, Adult Book / Fiction / General / Slimani, Leila
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"Originally published in French as Chanson Douce by Editions Gallimard, Paris." -- Title page verso.
"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.

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Should Have Been a Thriller submitted by dntanzer on August 10, 2018, 12:31pm This book was solid. A disturbing, yet interesting set-up for a book. a character-driven story that brings you into the life of both the nanny and the family. I didn't really like the characters, but I liked the writing style. I think I would've liked this book a lot more if it had the suspenseful elements of thriller.

Lean, Graceful, Razor-sharp submitted by nbauer on January 4, 2019, 8:49pm Not a who- or even how-done-it, this superbly written book—based on a true story—dips into the psyches of two women, one a mother, the other the nanny she invites into the life of her family. There is such incisive commentary here on social/economic class, on privilege and the lack of it, and on ambivalence toward children, whether they belong to you or someone else. Slimani's writing reminds me of watching top-notch martial artists fight with swords; there's a deadly dance quality to it. For background, check out the New Yorker profile of the author in the January 2018 New Yorker.

No my favorite submitted by kerstinrh on June 20, 2019, 6:27pm I wasn't a fan of this book. In the first scene of the book, the 'perfect' nanny kills the children and slits her own wrists. The rest of the book tells the story of her life and her time with the children. It tells the story of someone who appears to others as perfect but is really coming apart at the seams. It was originally written in French and takes place in Paris. ⁣

Perfect submitted by smr on July 3, 2020, 12:49pm Like the perfect nanny

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PUBLISHED
New York : Penguin Books, [2018]
Year Published: 2018
Description: 228 pages ; 20 cm
Language: English
Format: Book

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
9780143132172
0143132172

ADDITIONAL CREDITS
Taylor, Sam.

SUBJECTS
Nannies -- Paris -- Fiction.
Social classes -- Paris -- Fiction.
Interpersonal conflict -- Paris -- Fiction.
Families -- Paris -- Fiction.
Murder -- Paris -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.