The Good Nanny by Ben Cheever

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The Cross family's new nanny is perfect. A natural with children, a whiz in the kitchen, and a gifted painter, the only thing Miss Washington can't seem to do is make a mistake. But thanks to Stuart Cross's artistic ambitions, his wife Andie's mounting paranoia, and the nanny's smitten ex-boyfriend, what should be domestic bliss quickly turns into an outrageous disaster.


About Ben Cheever

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Benjamin Cheever has been a reporter for daily newspapers and an editor at Reader's Digest. He is the author of the acclaimed memoir Selling Ben Cheever and the novels The Plagiarist, The Partisan, and Famous After Death, and the editor of The Letters of John Cheever. He has taught at Bennington College and The New School for Social Research.
Published December 30, 2008 by Bloomsbury USA. 290 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Although Andie does manage to find a first-rate nanny (an aspiring painter named Louise Washington), she’s uneasy about leaving the girls in the care of hired help—especially now, when the papers are still running headlines about Tillie Cove, the Manhattan nanny who let a 14-month-old baby drown ...

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Andie, feeling displaced, becomes more and more paranoid about the nanny's activities, while Stuart suffers a professional blow and is galled to learn that the Museum of Modern Art is interested in the nanny's paintings.

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The best element of The Good Nanny is how narrator Stuart Cross mocks the novel's characters and their yuppie aspirations (beautiful houses, children, good food, career success), all the while conveying the message that Stuart has bought into the whole good-life vision as well. <...

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