The Good Nanny

(Bloomsbury; 2004)

“The intellect of man is forced to choose
Perfection of the life or of the work”
—William Butler Yeats
From the Book
“You’re in the country now. Safe at last.”
Experience the river views that inspired a famous school of art. Live in the grand estate neighborhood where Frank A. Vanderlip (First National City Bank) played penny poker with John D. Rockefeller (Standard Oil). This is Tara on Hudson. Full air. Stunningly appointed Great Room with fieldstone hearth. EIK. 4 BRs. Jacuzzi A prestigious gem on one secluded acre. Special and unique. Walk to train. Maid’s quarters with separate entrance. $850,000.
Sotheby’s had placed the ad in the New York Times Magazine section. Joy Gainsborough-Orsini had spread her Gore-Tex parka on the sod, gone down on her belly to shoot the picture. And so the building—large enough in life—seemed to pierce the very skies.

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