The Housemaid's Daughter

The Housemaid's Daughter

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Barbara Mutch's stunning first novel tells a story of love and duty colliding on the arid plains of Apartheid-era South Africa

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… (more)

Editorial reviews (2 reviews)


Mutch's novel is a brisk reminder of just how far South Africa has come --- and how fast things deteriorated there in the years before Mandela came to prominence.

In creating a white Lady Bountiful and a wise but unworldly black servant, South African Mutch has more in common with The Help’s Kathryn Stockett than Doris Lessing or Nadine Gordimer.

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Book Details  


Publisher: St. Martin's Press (December 10, 2013)

Collection: St. Martin's Press

Format: EPUB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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