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The Housemaid
Author: Barbara Mutch
 
A South African THE HELP, THE HOUSEMAID'S DAUGHTER is a startling and thought-provoking debut novel which intricately portrays the drama, dynamics and heartbreak of two women against the backdrop of a beautiful yet divided land.

Duty and love collide on the arid plains of central South Africa. Previously released as "Karoo Plainsong" this is a fully revised debut novel.

Cathleen Harrington leaves her home in Ireland in 1919 to travel to South Africa to marry the fiancÚ she has not seen for five years. Isolated and estranged in a harsh landscape, she finds solace in her diary and the friendship with the housemaid's daughter, Ada. Cathleen recognizes in her someone she can love and responds to in a way that she cannot with her own husband and daughter. Under Cathleen's tutelage, Ada grows into an accomplished pianist, and a reader who cannot resist turning the pages of the diary, discovering the secrets Cathleen sought to hide.

When Ada is compromised and finds she is expecting a mixed-race child, she flees her home, determined to spare Cathleen knowledge of her betrayal, and the disgrace that would descend upon the family. Scorned within her own community, Ada is forced to carve a life for herself, her child, and her music. But Cathleen still believes in Ada, and risks the constraints of apartheid to search for her and persuade her to return with her daughter. Beyond the cruelty, there is love, hope - and redemption.
 
Price: R 195.00
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