want this job? 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.
When the Xes' 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 important,
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
Diaries deftly skewers the manner in which America's overprivileged raise
les petites overprivileged - 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.
Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus; (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House
Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.
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