Winner of the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize.
Auntie Mei is a live-in nanny for newborns and their mothers. She has worked for 126 families and looked after 131 babies, one set of clients easily replaced by the next. But the 132nd baby and his mother, Chanel, prompt a crisis in Auntie Mei's life - a tremor that threatens to destroy her resolute detachment.
"Li inhabits the lives of her characters with such force and compassion that one cannot help but marvel at her remarkable talents." (Junot Díaz)
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motherless nanny perpetually works with newborns