When 2 Children Are Murdered, 'The Perfect Nanny' Is Anything But

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Leila Slimani's new book, The Perfect Nanny , begins with four haunting words: "The baby is dead." It tells the story of a Parisian family and their nanny — who starts to unravel, and commits an unspeakable crime. "I had the feeling that she was like a plate that you put every day on the table, and she breaks every day a little bit," Slimani says. "And one day you put it on the table and she breaks it into pieces." Originally published in France as Chanson Douce , the novel earned Slimani the country's top literary award, the Prix Goncourt. It's now available in the U.S. We spoke on how Slimani came to write a novel based around such a disturbing topic. "I think it's sort of a primitive fear," she says. "I remember the first time I saw my child, of...

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When 2 Children Are Murdered, 'The Perfect Nanny' Is Anything But

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