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Housegirl

Michael Donkor

Housegirl

by Michael Donkor

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Published .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Fiction,
  • Household employees,
  • Friendship,
  • Children of immigrants

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    A moving and unexpectedly funny exploration of friendship and family, shame and forgiveness, Michael Donkor"s debut novel follows three adolescent girls grappling with a shared experience: the joys and sorrows of growing up. Belinda knows how to follow the rules. As a housegirl, she has learned the right way to polish water glasses, to wash and fold a hundred handkerchiefs, and to keep a tight lid on memories of the village she left behind when she came to Kumasi. Mary is still learning the rules. Eleven-years-old and irrepressible, the young housegirl-in-training is the little sister Belinda never had. Amma has had enough of the rules. A straight-A student at her exclusive London school, she has always been the pride of her Ghanaian parents--until now. Watching their once-confident teenager grow sullen and wayward, they decide that sensible Belinda is the shining example Amma needs. So Belinda must leave Mary behind as she is summoned from Ghana to London, where she tries to impose order on her unsettling new world. As summer turns to autumn, Belinda and Amma are surprised to discover common ground. But when the cracks in their defenses open up, the secrets they have both been holding tightly threaten to seep out.

    Edition Notes

    Originally published in Great Britain as HOLD by 4th Estate, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

    Other titlesHouse girl
    StatementMichael Donkor
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsPR6104.O543 H68 2018
    The Physical Object
    Paginationx, 308 pages
    Number of Pages308
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL26974163M
    ISBN 101250305179
    ISBN 109781250305176
    LC Control Number2018022706
    OCLC/WorldCa1037896081

    Author Bio • Birth—N/A • Where—St. Croix, US Virgin Islands • Raised—Stockbridge, Massachusetts, USA • Education—B.A., Yale University; M.A.L.D., Tufts Univesity; J.D., New York University • Currently—lives in Seattle, Oregon Tara Conklin was born on St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands and raised in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The following version of this book was used to create the guide: Donkor, Michael. Housegirl. Picador, Donkor’s novel is divided into 43 chapters, spanning the months of March to December of Belinda, a year-old girl from Adurubaa, Ghana, alternates in narration with Amma, a troubled year-old living in London.

    Housegirl deviates from the most common diaspora narratives. The novel charts its own course, bucking the tradition of immigrant literature in which a character’s distance from 'home' is measured in either loss of homegrown prestige or access to Western (and it is always Western) opportunity. Housegirl (eBook): Donkor, Michael: A moving and unexpectedly funny exploration of friendship and family, shame and forgiveness, Michael Donkor's debut novel follows three adolescent girls grappling with a shared experience: the joys and sorrows of growing up. Belinda knows how to follow the rules. As a housegirl, she has learned the right way to polish water glasses, to wash and fold a.

    As a housegirl, she has learned the right way to polish water glasses, to wash and fold a hundred handkerchiefs, and to keep a tight lid on memories of the village she left behind when she came to Kumasi. Mary is still learning the rules. Eleven-years-old and irrepressible, the young housegirl-in-training is the little sister Belinda never had/5(3). Housegirl by Michael Donkor: In this debut novel, Donkor follows three Ghanaian girls: Belinda, the obedient; Mary, the irrepressible; and Amma, the rebel. For her part, Amma has had about enough of the tight-laced life in London that her parents want for her and begins to balk at the strictures of British life. A book in which scarcely.


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