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The nanny diaries : a novel
Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
Adult Fiction MCLAUGH

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Summary: WANTED: One young woman to take care of four-year-old boy.&nbsp Must be cheerful, enthusiastic, and selfless - bordering on masochistic.&nbsp Must relish sixteen-hour shifts with a deliberately nap-deprived preschooler.&nbsp Must love geting thrown up on, literally and figuratively, by everyone in his family.&nbsp Must enjoy the delicious anticipation of ridiculously erratic pay.&nbsp Mostly, must love being treated like fungus found growing out of employer's Hermes bag.&nbsp Those who take itpersonally need not apply. &nbsp Who wouldn't want this job?&nbsp 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.&nbsp 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 X's marriage begins to disintegrate, Nanny ends up involved way beyond the bounds of human decency or good taste.&nbsp 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.&nbsp 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.

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main characters Nan
Struggling to graduate from NYU with a major in child development; works for the wealthy X family taking care of their four-year-old son.
College student

Mrs. X
Stays at home, but doesn't raise her son; her marriage is falling apart.

Grayor Addison X
Age: 4
Son of Mr and Mrs. X; being raised by Nan.

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