One young woman to take care of a four-year-old boy.
Must be bordering on masochistic.
Must relish sixteen-hour shifts with a nap-deprived pre-schooler.
Must love getting thrown up on, literally and figuratively, by everyone in his family
Mostly, must love being treated like fungus found growing out of employers HermÃ¨s bag.
Those who take it personally need not apply.
Who wouldn't want this job?
Nanny is a struggling grad student with no visible piercings. Mrs. X, of Park Avenue, doesn't work, clean, cook, or raise her own child. She makes appointments and lists. Nanny needs a job. Mrs. X needs someone accommodating. Nanny and Mrs. X need each other. In return, Nanny is subjected to erratic shifts, irregular paychecks, and the sullen moods of her four-year-old charge. Sentenced to every play date known to Central Park, and every gourmet-snack run she can handle, Nanny needs a diversion that an afternoon martini can't fulfill. Then she discovers a secret about Mr. X. Navigating a marriage on the rocks and the increasingly paranoid, impossibly demanding attitude of her employer, Nanny is redefining servitude. Because now, Nanny has something worth more than Mrs. X's ill-fitting Prada castoffs as a thankless bonus.
Nanny's acquiring the power of revengeâ€¦
""Sorry, Madam, but your worst nightmare has arrived. It appears that the help has been taking notes, and good ones."" -Janet Maslin, The New York Times
""A hilarious, scathing tale of upper-crust child-rearing practices that must have their former employers squirming."" -People
""Mary Poppins channeling Dorothy Parker"" -Time
""Reading [The Nanny Diaries] was an incredibly compelling voyeuristic thrill. Getting a glimpse behind the thick stone walls of those Park Avenue apartment buildings and into the excessively rich families who live in them (how much childcare help they have (a lot); how badly they treat their help (badly, very badly) how often these children see their actual parents (almost never) ) is fascinating and, at times, impossibly funny."" -Laura Zigman, author of Dating Big Bird
""The Bonfire of the Vanities meets Mary Poppins in this hilarious look at life as a nanny to the rich and famous. The twenty-six-year-old authors have perfect pitch, and their every observation rings true. The Nany Diaries is social satire that's as moving as it is funny."" -Jane Heller, author of Lucky Stars
""You don't have to be a Park Avenue nanny or Park Avenue mommy to savor this first novel by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus....The young authors have charted the twisting currents of love, snobbery, and inter-dependence with a sophistication and wit that anyone can enjoy....This upstairs/downstairs story set in New York, is a class act."" -Laura Shaine Cunningham, author of The Midnight Diary of Zoya Blume