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by Mutch, Barbara

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TitleThe Housemaid's Daughter
Author / Responsible partyMutch, Barbara
GenreHistorical Fiction
TopicsHistorical fiction. South Africa -- History -- 1909-1961 -- Fiction. Female friendship -- Fiction. Apartheid -- Fiction. Irish -- South Africa -- Fiction.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd.


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?

Additional Information

System control numberS16032
Original Print PublisherNew York : St. Martin's Press, 2013
NarratorBahni Turpin and Cat Gould
Narrator NameBahni Turpin and Cat Gould
Participant or performer noteBahni Turpin and Cat Gould
Narrators GenderFemale narrator