Youll Never Nanny in This Town Again by Suzanne Hansen
Reviewed by Caitlin Flanagan
The Atlantic Monthly
"Twenty-five years ago I got fired. I had been employed as a thrice-a-week afternoon babysitter for the two-year-old daughter of a prosperous young matron, who used the free time to run errands or nap. I never met the little girl's father, but I talked to him regularly. At least once a week, usually more often than that, the phone would ring thirty minutes after my arrival, and he would give me a message for his wife: he was working late in the city and wouldn't be home for dinner. I would duly report these facts — often as an afterthought, while the wife was fishing in her purse for my pay — and she would take the news stoically, heaving a brave little sigh and nodding." Read the entire Atlantic Monthly review.