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Housegirl

Author: Michael Donkor
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Picador, ©2018 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First U.S. editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Bildungsromans
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Donkor
ISBN: 9781250305176 1250305179
OCLC Number: 1037896081
Notes: Originally published in Great Britain as HOLD by 4th Estate, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
Description: x, 308 pages ; 21 cm
Other Titles: House girl
Responsibility: Michael Donkor.

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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.

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