The Perfect Nanny (Paperback)

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Winner of France's Goncourt Prize in 2016, Leila Slimani's novel is slyly observed on the issues surrounding modern Parisian family life. She wraps them in a psychological thriller. In its directness, The Perfect Nanny reminds me of Eileen. -Tom

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*National Bestseller*

"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.

The #1 international bestseller and winner of France's most prestigious literary prize, the Goncourt

About the Author


Leila Slimani is the first Moroccan (and pregnant) woman to win France's most prestigious literary prize, the Goncourt, which she won for The Perfect Nanny. A journalist and frequent commentator on women's and human rights, she is French president Emmanuel Macron's personal representative for the promotion of the French language and culture. Born in Rabat, Morocco, in 1981, she now lives in Paris with her French husband and their two young children.


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Product Details
ISBN: 9780143132172
ISBN-10: 0143132172
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: January 9th, 2018
Pages: 240
Language: English