Nanny is a college senior, majoring in child development, and struggling to make ends meet financially. Her elite education (Chapin School alumna, NYU transfer student from Brown University) makes her immediately appealing to prospective Park Avenue employers looking for some part-time help to rear their children. Readers will wonder why Nanny continues to tolerate the condescension and sub-par pay to which she is subjected as an employee of the X family. Nevertheless, it is obvious that Nanny truly cares for Grayer, her four-year old charge. She affectionately nicknames him "Grover" which he seems not only to tolerate but also to somewhat enjoy. Nanny has the challenging task of trying to juggle Mrs. X's demands with Grayer's needs.
Mrs. X, in spite of her University of Connecticut education, is a card-carrying member of New York's Upper East Side elite. Her days are filled with massages, manicures, and shopping; she cannot possibly be expected to tend to her four-year old son, Grayer, full-time. She has an army of employees to help her perform virtually every task from the ridiculous to the sublime. Not only does she need help raising her child but she also requires someone to cook, clean and plan parties. From time to time, Mrs. X demonstrates a shred of humanity but she quickly reverts to her old self again, ridiculing those she believes are beneath her.
Mr. X is nearly invisible despite having a strong presence in the plot. Mr. X is even less of a parent than his wife. He is so absent from Grayer's life that Grayer insists on having his father's business card pinned to his clothes at all times. Mr. X is believed by his wife to be a workaholic who is always on business in Chicago. His trips to Chicago, however, are actually not business but pleasure. Nanny inadvertently learns that Mr. X is having an affair with a colleague from the Chicago office. This makes life even more unbearable for Nanny as now she not only must keep a secret from...
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