The Perfect Nanny - Leila Slimani

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From the very first sentence of this Prix Goncourt-winning psychological thriller, we know that this is no Mary Poppins tale. Neither is it a conventional thriller, as it delves deep into the prickly issues of class and gender that emerge when a busy, successful working Parisian couple hire a stranger to look after their children. When doll-like, self-assured, imperturbable Louise shows up for an interview, it is love at first sight for everyone. Myriam and Paul hire her, and thus begins a twisted relationship of dependence, resentment, jealousy, and obsession.

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By Leila Slimani, Sam Taylor (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780143132172
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Published: Penguin Books - January 9th, 2018

Florence in Ecstasy - Jessie Chaffee

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In this luminous, late-bloomer’s coming-of-age story, an American woman in crisis flees to Italy to sort out her life. In Florence, she finds work in a library, falls in with a crowd of locals, and avoids eating. A moving meditation on art, beauty, and the female struggle to own her life by any means necessary, the novel is also a lovely guide to the sights and churches of  Tuscany, a primer on female Italian saints, and an initiation into the art of rowing.

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ISBN: 9781944700171
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Published: Unnamed Press - May 16th, 2017

The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs - Janet Peery

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Following in the long tradition of writers like Tolstoy, Steinbeck, VC Andrews, Janet Peery uses the dysfunctional family to gain insight into a society and its culture, presenting an honest portrait of a complicated family grappling with a long history of addiction, bad behavior and tragedy. Though the Campbell family is roiled by drug abuse and sibling rivalries, they are not evil-hearted, and they band together when it counts. As America grapples with a growing opioid crisis, The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs offers a candid and compassionate portrait of a family challenged by drug abuse whose members feud, scheme, argue, and resent, but who always love and forgive.

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ISBN: 9781250125088
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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 19th, 2017