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The Perfect Nanny (Digital Audiobook)

A Novel

By Leila Slimani, Finty Williams (Narrator)

Publication Date: March 18, 2019

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (1/9/2018)
Paperback (4/2/2019)
Library Binding, Large Print (2/7/2018)

January 2018 Indie Next List

“With The Perfect Nanny, Moroccan author Leila Slimani channels her inner Ruth Rendell and offers a truly disturbing page-turner. The first chapter reveals that a nanny has killed her charges, a boy and a girl, then killed herself. The rest of the book details the way the nanny's mind twists and turns as she becomes more and more damaged, leading up to the murder-suicide. It's a grim tale filled with commentary on motherhood, family power struggles, and economic disparity. Although it sounds depressing, The Perfect Nanny is truly original, dark, and suspenseful as hell!”
— William Carl, Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA
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Summer 2018 Reading Group Indie Next List

“I finished The Perfect Nanny in a day! I loved it. What I think makes it so very good is that even though you know how it ends after the first chapter, you keep reading! I was so drawn in, I found myself talking to the characters, thinking I could change things.”
— Shannon Walker, Buffalo Books and Coffee, ,
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Description

One of the 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR of The New York Times Book Review

The national bestseller by the author of Adèle, Sex and Lies, and In the Country of Others


“A great novel . . . Incredibly engaging and disturbing . . . You read the entire novel knowing something terrible is coming. In that, Slimani has us in her thrall.” —Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist and Hunger

“A book . . . that I’ve thought about pretty much every day . . . [It] felt less like an entertainment, or even a work of art, than like a compulsion. I found it extraordinary.” —Lauren Collins, The New Yorker

“One of the most important books of the year. You can’t unread it.” —Barrie Hardymon, NPR’s Weekend Edition


She has the keys to their apartment. She knows everything. She has embedded herself so deeply in their lives that it now seems impossible to remove her.
 
When Myriam decides to return to work as a lawyer after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect nanny for their son and daughter. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite, devoted woman who sings to the children, cleans the family’s chic Paris apartment, stays late without complaint, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on one another, jealousy, resentment, and suspicions mount, shattering the idyllic tableau. Building tension with every page, The Perfect Nanny is a compulsive, riveting, bravely observed exploration of power, class, race, domesticity, motherhood, and madness—and the American debut of an immensely talented writer.


About the Author

LEILA SLIMANI is the first Moroccan woman to win France's most prestigious literary prize, the Goncourt, which she won for The Perfect Nanny. A journalist, she was born in Rabat, Morocco, in 1981 and now lives in Paris with her French husband and their two young children.