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The nanny diaries : a novel
2002
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Characters
Nan (Female), College student, Nanny, Struggling to graduate from NYU with a major in child development; works for the wealthy X family taking care of their four-year-old son
Mrs. X (Female), Married, Mother, Wealthy, Socialite, Stays at home, but doesn't raise her son; her marriage is falling apart
Grayor Addison X (Boy), Son of Mr and Mrs. X; being raised by Nan
Genre
Fiction
Satire
Topics
Wealthy lifestyles
College students
Mothers and sons
Troubled marriages
Socialites
Social climbing
Mistresses
Love afffairs
Infidelity
Parental neglect
Nannies
Setting
Manhattan, New York - Mid-Atlantic States (U.S.)
New York - Mid-Atlantic States (U.S.)
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

This is an inside story. The authors have both worked as nannies for well-to-do New Yorkers, and here they fictionalize their experiences to protect the innocentDand the guilty! (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Two former Manhattan nannies blow the lid off of the private child-care industry with a hilarious debut that pulls no punches as it recounts the travails of Nan, a hip Mary Poppins looking for a job to fit around her child-development classes at NYU. Mrs. X seems reasonable enough when she hires Nan to look after her four-year-old son, Grayer, but she quickly reveals herself to be a monster a bundle of neuroses wrapped up in Prada, whose son is little more than another status symbol in a fabulous Park Avenue apartment. Mr. X is just as horrible, although he's rarely seen or heard, too busy navigating mergers and mistresses to make time for a family starving for his affection. Nan finds herself stuck in a low-paying job from which she can be fired on a whim, enduring a steady stream of condescension, indifference and passive-aggressive notes on Mrs. X's posh stationery. Against the advice of family and friends, she stays because of her devotion to Grayer but how long will it be before she explodes? The pages fairly crackle with class resentment that might have been more convincing if Nanny's own family weren't as comfortable, and the finale delivers more whimper than bang, but it's easy to forgive such flaws when everything else rings true. Especially impressive is the authors' ability to allow the loathsome Mrs. X occasional flashes of humanity and pathos. Required reading for parents and the women they hire to do their parenting. National advertising and author publicity. (Mar.) Forecast: With Julia Roberts doing the Random Audio version, and film rights already sold to Miramax, the sky's the limit for this thoroughly appealing title. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Summary
Wanted:<br> One young woman to take care of four-year-old boy.<br> Must be cheerful, enthusiastic and selfless-bordering on masochistic<br> Must relish sixteen-hour shifts with a deliberately nap-deprived pre-schooler<br> Must love getting thrown up on, literally and figuratively, by everyone in his family<br> Must enjoy the delicious anticipation of ridiculously erratic pay<br> Mostly, must love being treated like fungus found growing out of employers Hermes bag.<br> Those who take it personally need not apply.<br> <br> Who wouldn't want this job?<br> <br> Struggling to graduate from NYU and afford her microscopic studio apartment, Nanny takes a position caring for the only son of the wealthy X family. She rapidly learns the insane amount of juggling involved to ensure that a Park Avenue wife who doesn't work, cook, clean, or raise her own child has a smooth day.<br> <br> When the Xs marriage begins to disintegrate, Nanny ends up involved way beyond the bounds of human decency or good taste. Her tenure with the X family becomes a nearly impossible mission to maintain 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.<br> <br> The Nanny Diaries deftly skewers the manner in which America's over-privileged raise les petites over-privileged-as if grooming them for a Best in Show competition. Written by two former nannies, this alternately comic and poignant satire punctures the glamour of Manhattan's upper class.<br>
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