Nanny Returns

Nanny Returns

A Novel

Book - 2010
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More than four million readers fell in love with Nan, the smart, spirited, and sympathetic heroine of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Nanny Diaries.

 

After living abroad for twelve years, Nan and her husband, Ryan, aka H.H., have returned to New York to get her new business off the ground and fix up their fixer-upper. To compound the mounting construction woes and marital chaos of Ryan announcing his sudden desire to start a family, sixteen-year-old Grayer X makes a drunken, late-night visit wanting to know why Nan abandoned him all those years ago. Soon she is drawn back into Mrs. X's ever-bizarre Upper East Side conclave of power and privilege in this "eminently readable" and "surprisingly affecting" ( Entertainment Weekly ) tale of what happens when a community that chooses money over love finds itself with neither.
Publisher: New York : Washington Square Press, 2010, c2009
Edition: 1st Washington Square Press trade paperback ed
ISBN: 9781416585688
Branch Call Number: FIC McLa
Characteristics: 305 p
Additional Contributors: Kraus, Nicola

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K_ROK Aug 19, 2017

This book was not nearly as good as the first. If you skip it you are not missing much, but if you need more after the first book you might find yourself a little disappointed.

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lozza1401
Dec 27, 2012

As the sequel to the Nanny Diaries, it is not as humourous but there is closure for Nan as she leaves a tear-streaked Grayer in the first book. I enjoyed the writing style and how the X's received their come-uppance.

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BethHMW
Sep 15, 2011

In the sequel to The Nanny Diaries, Nan has returned to New York City with her husband, Ryan, after a twelve year absence. While working on setting up her consulting business, grappling with immensity of a home renovation, and Ryan's sudden desire to start a family, Nan is taken by surprise when her last charge from her nannying days, Grayer X, shows up on her doorstep. Despite her attempts to avoid the world she left, she is drawn back in to the upper crust of New York society to aid the child she never really let go of. Nan's return to the highest circle of New York society is another fascinating insight into a social group that utterly evades common sense. What makes the narrative even more compelling is the placement of the novel at the beginning of the economic crash of 2008 which had such a significant effect on the upper echelons. McLaughlin and Kraus also explore the issue of what makes a good parent and really recognize that growing up and moving beyond events in our pasts is never as simple as it sounds. The return of Grayer to Nan's life is also realistic and provides resolution to the relationship that was broken at the end of the previous novel. While the humour of this follow-up novel isn't as pronounced as the previous one, and the society people of New York seem even more heinous, the book is an intriguing return to characters who are still just as sympathetic and real.

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heyred
Jun 15, 2010

Definitely not as good as the original; a little too precious for my taste.

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j_a
Jun 05, 2010

I really liked this book. At first I was a little hesitant since it's a whole 12 years later!!!!! But overall I really enjoyed reading about Nan again :)

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Zhu
Apr 19, 2010

This book was a huge disappointment. I had loved the Nanny Diaries a few years ago and I was glad to see there was a sequel to it.
But the plot is inconsistent at best, the story jumps all over the place and the main character – Nan – is as whiny and annoying as the people she works with.
Definitely a pass on that book, it was a total waste of time.

rosebud_opl Jan 10, 2010

A disappointing read. Nan had so many issues she was juggling that it made me feel quite anxious. Too much going on.

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