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The Perfect Nanny

The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani
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Jan 09, 2018 | 240 Pages
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“A year ago, I picked up a book . . . that I’ve thought about pretty much every day since. . . . [It] felt less like an entertainment, or even a work of art, than like a compulsion. I found it extraordinary. . . . If you are a mother, whatever kind of mother you aspire to be, you’ll know what kind of mother you are after reading Slimani. If you are not a mother, the insights that she administers can be no less jolting. . . . Like Jenny Offill, Slimani can write ravishingly of female bodies, even postpartum ones. . . . The novelist Rachel Cusk has chronicled what motherhood did to her; Slimani examines what mothering is doing to society.” —Lauren Collins, The New Yorker

“I think this might be one of the most important books of the year. You can’t unread it. . . . If you’ve ever taken care of a kid, even if, just on a bus, someone has handed you a child for five seconds as they rummage through their purse, this will do something to you. . . . At the end of reading this book, I was so devastated, but I really felt like I was looking at the world through new eyes.” —Barrie Hardymon, NPR’s Weekend Edition

“[An] unnerving cautionary tale . . . Pretty radical for a domestic thriller, but what’s more remarkable about this unconventional novel is the author’s intimate analysis of the special relationship between a mother and a nanny. . . . Slimani writes devastatingly perceptive character studies.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“Brilliantly observed . . . Slimani is brilliantly insightful about the peculiar station nannies assume within the households of working families.” —The Wall Street Journal

“This brutal chiller has the same compulsive readability as Emma Donoghue’s Room.” —The Guardian

“A masterpiece: a brilliant exploration of the collision of race, gender, and class wrapped up in a gripping psychological thriller. I absolutely loved it—and read it in one sitting.” —Amy Chua, New York Times bestselling author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and Political Tribes

“A taut and exquisitely written novel that will keep you up all night desperately turning the pages. This book is insanely good.” —Kate Hamer, bestselling author of The Girl in the Red Coat

“Terrifying and haunting . . . You won’t read a smarter, more chilling book this year.” —Mel McGrath, author of Give Me the Child

“A deeply disturbing, compulsive read that manages to make the monstrous pitiable, the inhuman humane.” —Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Cartographer’s Daughter and The Girl of Ink and Stars

“Is The Perfect Nanny the next Gone Girl? This author’s book on a killer nanny is next year’s must-read. . . . As far as first pages go, this one slams you in the guts. . . . Anyone reading [it] can tell within a few paragraphs that its author is a mother . . . who has felt firsthand the perfect split of agony, ecstasy and mind-numbing boredom that motherhood entails.” —The Telegraph

“The novel, which draws on elements from the real story of a nanny from the Dominican Republic who has been accused of killing two children under her care in New York in 2012, pieces together disparate events that culminate in a nightmarish outcome.” —The New York Times

“This novel—a runaway hit in France—is coming to the United States this month, and it’s sure to take this country by storm, too.” —Bustle

The Perfect Nanny comes across the Atlantic on a sea of deserved praise. . . . Slimani is skilled not only at building suspense, but at observing the minute details of middle-class domestic life.” —Lit Hub, “5 Crime Must-Reads”

The Perfect Nanny is like a gelid hand slowly closing itself around your heart—but never giving it the dreaded squeeze.” —San Antonio Express-News

“Just as America became engulfed in Gone Girl and Girl on the Train last year, France became obsessed with The Perfect Nanny. . . . As taboo and shocking as the subject matter is, the underlying theme of women exploring their desires is what stands out. . . . A must-read.” —Hello Giggles

“A devastating, entrancing, literary psychological drama supported by absorbing character studies . . . Readers won’t be able to look away.” —Booklist 

“Expertly probes [a mother’s] guilt at leaving her children with a stranger . . . Those seeking a thought-provoking character study will appreciate this gripping anatomy of a crime.” —Publishers Weekly

“A darkly propulsive nail-biter overlain with a vivid and piercing study of class tensions.” —Library Journal, “Top Ten Titles for Winter Reading”

“The why of this horrific crime remains unfathomable, rendering it all the more frightening.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Tightly written . . . Slimani . . . cleverly drills down into the parent-nanny dynamic, one so often loaded with judgment and guilt, particularly for women.” —Marie Claire (U.K.)

“A riveting exploration of power, jealousy and resentment.” —The Bookseller, Editor’s Choice

“Intense, but gripping. Beautifully lyrical and addictive.” —Elle (U.K.)

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