A Perfect Arrangement

By Suzanne Berne
(Plume, Paperback, 9780452283220, 320pp.)

Publication Date: April 1, 2002

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Mirella and Howard Cook-Goldman have it all -- two beautiful children, dual careers, a great old colonial house and a golden retriever. What they lack is reliable child care, until Randi Gill is sent by a well-respected child-care placement agency. With her impeccable references, she seems to be the perfect nanny -- she cooks, cleans, sews and bonds with the children. In fact, she's almost too perfect. As Randi's attachment to the children grows, Mirella and Howard begin to have some misgivings about the young woman. At the same time, they are forced to reveal secrets they've been hiding from each other. Suddenly their marriage begins to unravel, pushing Randi into a position of unnatural power in the fragile household.

In this suspenseful, wry, disturbing novel, Suzanne Berne exposes the confusion and doubt that haunt all working parents as they struggle to balance family and professional life.

About the Author

Suzanne Berne's first novel, A Crime in the Neighborhood, won Great Britain's Orange Prize and was a New York Times Notable Book, as well as a finalist for both the Los Angeles Times and the Edgar Allen Poe first fiction awards. A teacher at Harvard University, she has published fiction and essays in numerous magazines and been a frequent contributor to the New York Times.

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