Synopses & Reviews
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.
Now she's back. After living abroad for twelve years, she and her husband, Ryan, aka H.H., have returned to New York to make a life for themselves. In the midst of getting her new business off the ground and fixing up their fixer-upper, Ryan announces his sudden desire to start a family. His timing simply couldn't be worse.
To compound the mounting construction and marital chaos, her former charge, Grayer X, now sixteen years old, makes a drunken, late-night visit, wanting to know why she abandoned him all those years ago. But how can she explain to Grayer what she still hasn't come to terms with herself? In an attempt to assuage her guilt, yet against every instinct, Nan tries to help Grayer and his younger brother, Stilton, through their parents' brutal divorce, drawing her back into the ever-bizarre life of Mrs. X and her Upper East Side enclave of power and privilege.
After putting miles and years between herself and this world, Nan finds she's once again on the front line of the battle with the couture-clad elite for their children's wellbeing.
With its whip-smart dialogue and keen observations of modern life, Nanny Returns gives a firsthand tour of what happens when a community that chose money over love finds itself with neither.
"Nan revisits 721 Park, home of the moneyed but morally bankrupt Xs, and the boy she guiltily left behind in their inept care in this smart and sassy sequel to The Nanny Diaries. And though Nan has grown up a bit, married 'Harvard Hottie' Ryan and traveled the world, the plight of the rich and stupid continues, as does Nan's new crusade to save former charge Grayer and his younger brother Stilton, renovate a crumbling East Harlem mansion and stick it out at a soulless Manhattan private school. Outcomes are deeply uncertain, though Nan is nothing if not a natural-born cheerleader: 'I know what I'm worth. Because I care for these kids, I do, right down to my toes,' she says of her young charges in and out of school. There's still one fear, however whether she'll ever be able to make the leap from nanny to mommy. McLaughlin and Kraus leave no dry eyes as they once again wield a razor-sharp wit that cuts down the most uppity mortals even as it lifts up their vulnerable children. You could safely bet your first born that this'll be another smash hit." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Once again, the wealthy New York crowd serves as an addictive backdrop, and the story's contrast between shallowness and compassion is fascinating. Nanny Diaries fans will snap up this sequel." Library Journal
"The many readers who loved the first entry will be thrilled to revisit Nan, Grayer, and the Xs." Booklist
"Never delivers the juicy satisfaction of its precursor." Kirkus Reviews
"Another deliciously addictive glimpse into the lives of the ultra-rich and their children." The New York Post
"As bitingly funny as its predecessor, this Nanny also makes serious points about the pitfalls of modern parenting. It does chick lit proud." People
The highly anticipated sequel to the #1 New York Times bestseller, Nanny Returns picks up over a decade later as Nan returns to New York City.
In the highly anticipated follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller, Nan returns to New York City after 10 years away. Discover how she — and the city — have changed in her absence.
About the Author
Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin are the authors of The Nanny Diaries and Citizen Girl. They live and work in New York City. Please visit their website at www.emmaandnicola.com.