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The housemaid's daughter, Barbara Mutch

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The housemaid's daughter
Title
The housemaid's daughter
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Barbara Mutch
Title variation
housemaids daughter
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Language
eng
Summary
"When Cathleen Harrington leaves her home in Ireland in 1919 to travel to South Africa, she knows that she does not love the man she is to marry there --her fiance Edward, whom she has not seen for five years. Isolated and estranged in a small town in the harsh Karoo desert, her only real companions are her diary and her housemaid, and later the housemaid's daughter, Ada. When Ada is born, Cathleen recognizes in her someone she can love and respond to in a way that she cannot with her own family. 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. As they grow closer, Ada sees new possibilities in front of her--a new horizon. But in one night, everything changes, and Cathleen comes home from a trip to find that Ada has disappeared, scorned by her own community. Cathleen must make a choice: should she conform to society, or search for the girl who has become closer to her than her own daughter? Set against the backdrop of a beautiful, yet divided land, The Housemaid's Daughter is a startling and thought-provoking novel that intricately portrays the drama and heartbreak of two women who rise above cruelty to find love, hope, and redemption"--
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Duty and love collide on the arid plains of central South Africa. Cathleen Harrington leaves her home in Ireland in 1919 to travel to South Africa and marry the fiance she has not seen for five years. Isolated and estranged in a harsh landscape, she finds solace in her diary and the friendship of her housemaid's daughter, Ada. Cathleen recognises in her someone she can love and respond 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 the 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.
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10231440
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR9369.4.M88
LC item number
K37 2013
Literary form
fiction
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True
Target audience
adult
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The housemaid's daughter, Barbara Mutch
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Note
Originally published as: Karoo plainsong. Leicester [England] : Matador, 2010
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
5651441
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
401 pages
Isbn
9781250016300
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013026243
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn827256667
  • (OCoLC)827256667
Label
The housemaid's daughter, Barbara Mutch
Publication
Note
Originally published as: Karoo plainsong. Leicester [England] : Matador, 2010
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
5651441
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
401 pages
Isbn
9781250016300
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013026243
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn827256667
  • (OCoLC)827256667

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