Mirella and Howard are floundering. Two careers, two troubled children, a dilapidated colonial house outside Boston. The exploding laundry, the dog getting into the trash again. Then along comes Randi, a dream of a nanny, who cooks, cleans - even makes her own Play-Doh. Not only does she win over the children, the whole neighbourhood approves of her.
Though it's sometimes hard for Mirella to watch Randi bond with her children, she can't deny the changes her presence has brought. But is Randi as wonderful as she seems? And why, in the midst of such perfect domestic order, does Mirella and Howard's marriage suddenly seem to be unravelling?
'A Perfect Arrangement' is a funny, wise and haunting novel that exposes the myth of perfect modern domestic life.