Naga Chokkanathan

Book Review: Judas and Jezabel: The tales of a New York nanny By C. Y. Brown

Posted on: December 3, 2016

“Feelings Doctor”

I think these two words I found inside this novel summarise the whole story. It is written as a first person account by a nanny who takes care of a small kid born to wealthy parents, and eventually gets caught in the fight between them.


Unfortunately, every character in the story needs a feelings doctor. Some of them visits the feelings doctor almost every week, taking medications to control what they are going through. The youngest character in the novel uses these words in a very painful moment.

This novel by C. Y. Brown talks about the impact money makes on people’s lives. How they are ready to give up anything and everything just to get more of money.

Of course, not everyone is like that even today. But their number keeps increasing and this novel describes one such example.

The story is well written, and you keep turning the pages. Eventually it ends without any twist in the tale, which may disappoint some people.

My personal favorites from this novel are the happy moments the heroine shares with many of the characters around. Almost all of them disappoint her eventually, but the reader will definitely feel for her and wish her peace of mind at least after the novel has ended!

You can read more about this novel here:


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