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Description: Maid : Paperback : Orion Publishing Co : 9781409187394 : : 09 Jul 2020 : A beautiful, gritty and poignant account of one mother's journey from cleaning houses to finding a home for herself and her daughter. The Book Depository Maid by Stephanie Land - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

 

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Author: Kath Brown

Rating: 5

Review: I haven't enjoyed a book describing life as a single mum. The struggles to live day to day emotionally, financially, mentally whist nurturing and protecting one's child(ren). Thank you Stephanie for writing this book; for reaching into single parent's lives: for explaining how hard it is when one has to make all the life changing decisions for oneself and one's children; the loneliness. Hopefully this story will have been read by those who cannot begin to know how hard life is as a single parent.

 

Author: Boingboing

Rating: 3

Review: America is, or so the song tells us, the 'land of the brave and the home of the free'. What I learned reading 1-star reviews of 'Maid' (and comments on Goodreads) is it's also the home of some of the most unpleasant and pathologically unsympathetic victim-blamers that I've ever seen 'brave' enough to write such horrible things in a public place. I'm completely unfamiliar with any controversy around this book. I'm also not American. I'm not blind to the way some people seem to fall into a hole of despair and grab the nearest shovel to dig it even deeper, but I am more interested in how they do their best to try to climb out. I don't consider that anything the author might have done before the book started is actually any of my business. I take it at face value. Here's a woman with a small child, a bad habit of choosing the wrong kind of men, trying to get by in the world and trying to keep her child fed, clothed and housed by whatever means she can. I found the book very readable. I appreciated how vulnerable the millions of people without savings or job security can be when one or two things go wrong in their lives and they slide into poverty. It's not great literature. It's no 'Angela's Ashes'. Nobody's drinking tea out of jam jars or picking up coal in the street. It's an uncomfortable life but there are much worse in novels - nobody's shooting up the neighbourhood or getting our 'maid' hooked on drugs or forcing her to into sexual slavery. But that doesn't mean it's fair to blame her for her problems, accuse her of blaming everybody else for them, or to deny the unpleasant things that happen to her. So she wanted to buy organic milk on her food stamps because she (incorrectly, I'm pretty sure) thinks skimmed milk has added sugar. That's her choice - it's not our place to judge her, nor to sarcastically chant "You're welcome" as she bags up her groceries and we try to make her feel crappy because we - well not me, I don't pay US taxes - somehow paid for them. I liked Stephanie. I appreciated her work ethic. I understood her drive to be more. I also understood she was disappointed by her family but I didn't think less of her for that. As a work of literary greatness, this doesn't hit the mark for me, but as a realistic account of trying to do your best, it's not bad at all and if it makes some people feel uncomfortable that 'their tax dollars' are supporting scroungers, then maybe they need to look at what else those dollars are going on - killing people all over the world in support of the egotism of a president with a narcissistic personality disorder who clearly never had to decide where to spend his food stamps.

 

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