“The Perfect Nanny”
“The baby is dead. It only took a few seconds. The doctor said he didn’t suffer.” The Perfect Nanny, by Leila Slimani, begins with this bold statement and from there delves into a literary study of mothers, fathers, guilt, happiness, class, and racism.
5 Facts about “The Perfect Nanny” and the Crime it was Based OnThe novel is based on actual events. While many will walk away from a book based on such a gruesome reality feeling it would be vulgar to profit off such a horrible crime the crime was the muse, much in the same manner that Law & Order is “ripped from the headlines.” The novel is a work of fiction.
- The original crime occurred in 2012 in New York City. The novel is set in Paris, France.
- Unlike the novel, in reality, the nanny survived her suicide attempt. The trial is only just beginning (02/2018).
- The Krim family had three children at the time of the crime. Fortunately, one was out of the house with her mother. Since the tragedy, the Krim family was blessed with two more children.
- Like Louise, the motives of the New York nanny, Yoselyn Ortega, have always been unclear.
- The Krim family has established the Lulu & Leo Fund, an organization that “works with schools and community organizations…to bring the Choose Creativity curriculum to children and families in often underserved communities. By completing challenges around each of the [10 principles of creativity], children and families develop critical creative skills that will serve them for the rest of their lives and inspire them to take positive action to affect their world.”