Based on the real-life experiences, the inside story on the real lives of the rich and privileged from the women who know all the secrets – the nannies.
The Nanny Diaries deftly skewers the manner in which America’s over-privileged raises les petites – as if grooming them for a Best of Show competition. A poignant satire, it punctures the glamor of Manhattan’s upper class to tackle head-on the truer state of backstairs Park Avenue.
Struggling to graduate from NYU and afford her microscopic apartment, Nanny takes a job caring for the only son of the wealthy X family. She rapidly learns the insane amount of juggling involved in ensuring that a Park Avenue wife who doesn’t work, cook, clean, or raise her own child has a smooth day.
When the X’s marriage begins to disintegrate, Nanny’s nearly impossible mission becomes maintaining the mental health of their four-year-old, her own integrity, and most importantly, her sense of humor. Over nine tense months Mrs X and Nanny perform the age old dance of decorum and power as they test the limits of modern-day servitude.
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Published by Random House Audio Apr 29, 2002| 630 Minutes| ISBN 9780736698108
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