Wanted: One young woman to take care of four-year-old boy. Must be cheerful, enthusiastic and selfless—bordering on masochistic. Must relish sixteen-hour shifts with a deliberately nap-deprived preschooler. Must love getting thrown up on, literally ...
erally and figuratively, by everyone in his family. Must enjoy the delicious anticipation of ridiculously erratic pay. Mostly, must love being treated like fungus found growing out of employers Hermès bag. Those who take it personally need not apply.Who wouldn’t 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 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.
A fun and light-hearted read. It had me laughing out loud on several occasions and smile most through the book. The characters are well-depicted and it's easy to imagine them in their everyday life, a life, by the way, that has nothing to do with
..." most of us (I think). The Nanny Diaries reminds me a lot of another book I read a few years ago called Left Bank, by Kate Muir. Also another novel of babysitting for the posh (and not so proper).Continua...Nascondi
The most impressive phrase from this book is when the nanny said that "just remember that someday his unconditional love for you will end and then it will be too late." Nanny and mother would naturally have different points of view. Nanny is the
..." is the caregiver on short term basis, of course, they would do anything as long as the end results meets. (give candy to the boys/girls as long as they would follow order) Mother is different.
When you are a nanny, you can take a break from this but when you are the mother, the only time you could break away from your child is the day you die.