The Housemaid’s Daughter by Barbara Mutch audiobook

The Housemaid’s Daughter

By Barbara Mutch
Read by Bahni Turpin and Cat Gould

Blackstone Publishing 9781250016300
14.92 Hours Unabridged
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A stunning first novel that tells a story of love andduty colliding on the arid plains of apartheid-era South Africa When Cathleen Harrington leaves her home in Ireland in 1919to travel to South Africa, she knows that she does not love the man she is tomarry there—her fiancé Edward, whom she has not seen for five years. Isolatedand estranged in a small town in the harsh Karoo desert, her only realcompanions 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 andrespond to in a way that she cannot with her own family. Under Cathleen’s tutelage, Ada grows into an accomplishedpianist and a reader who cannot resist turning the pages of the diary,discovering the secrets Cathleen sought to hide. As they grow closer, Ada seesnew possibilities in front of her—a new horizon. But in one night, everythingchanges, 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 conformto society or search for the girl who has become closer to her than her owndaughter? Set against the backdrop of a beautiful yet dividedland, The Housemaid’s Daughter is a startling and thought provokingnovel that intricately portrays the drama and heartbreak of two women who riseabove cruelty to find love, hope, and redemption.

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Summary

Summary

A stunning first novel that tells a story of love andduty colliding on the arid plains of apartheid-era South Africa

When Cathleen Harrington leaves her home in Ireland in 1919to travel to South Africa, she knows that she does not love the man she is tomarry there—her fiancé Edward, whom she has not seen for five years. Isolatedand estranged in a small town in the harsh Karoo desert, her only realcompanions 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 andrespond to in a way that she cannot with her own family.

Under Cathleen’s tutelage, Ada grows into an accomplishedpianist and a reader who cannot resist turning the pages of the diary,discovering the secrets Cathleen sought to hide. As they grow closer, Ada seesnew possibilities in front of her—a new horizon. But in one night, everythingchanges, 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 conformto society or search for the girl who has become closer to her than her owndaughter?

Set against the backdrop of a beautiful yet dividedland, The Housemaid’s Daughter is a startling and thought provokingnovel that intricately portrays the drama and heartbreak of two women who riseabove cruelty to find love, hope, and redemption.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“If you loved The Help, try The Housemaid’s Daughter…The friendship at its center will leave your heart singing.” Good Housekeeping (UK)
“Told from an interesting perspective and in a clear, sincere voice, this is a compelling story that sweeps readers into the life of a woman caught between two worlds, whose forbidden friendship with her mistress leads to tragedy and triumph. Poignant and gripping storytelling holds readers from beginning to end in this book that is as thought-provoking as it is lyrical.” RT Book Reviews (4½ stars)
“In this moving first novel, Mutch’s lilting prose summons the stark South African landscape, making readers feel the heat of the Karoo Desert and fear the rising waters of the Groot Vis. More than that, Mutch conveys the joys of dancing and music, the exultation of hope and courage, and the pain of being ostracized for one’s skin color. Rich in detail and subtle in its politics, this affecting novel tells a poignant, inspiring story.” Booklist (starred review)
“Mutch’s sprawling debut spans five decades of South Africa’s richest—and most painful—history…A vividly drawn setting and Ada’s consistent, special voice drive the story and keep the pages turning.” Publishers Weekly
“A shared love of the piano brings two women together across the racial divide of apartheid South Africa…Mutch’s…setting is a fascinating one, and she does an excellent job of showing the horrifying effects of apartheid law on individual lives. The book may hold special appeal for music fans thanks to the numerous classical and South African jazz pieces lovingly referenced throughout.” Library Journal
“A compelling story…Ada’s voice is by turns as lyrical and fierce as the music she plays on her beloved piano…Mutch evokes compassion for this stark and beautiful land and for the characters who strive to find their place amidst the turmoil that grips it.” Patricia Falvey, bestselling author of The Yellow House
“[An] exquisite debut…This is a book to be cherished, one that will grow deeper and richer with re-reading.” Anna Jean Mayhew, author of The Dry Grass of August

Reviews

Reviews

by Rogue Writer 9/13/2017
Overall Performance
Narration
Story

Heartwrenching

At first, this story feels like it tries too hard to sound literary and overly sentimental. As I listened, though, the story caught and tugged at my heart strings. Told primarily from the viewpoint of Ada, Bahni Turpin’s narration of her parts is excellent. Then there are Cat Gould’s parts, the letters that provide Madam’s perspective. The wildly different dialects contrasted adroitly, creating the tone for the cultural difference between the two. Excellent casting choices for this title. This book is filled with sorrow and sweetness, just the right mix of each part. Set in Apartheid South Africa, how could it not?

Author

Author Bio: Barbara Mutch

Author Bio: Barbara Mutch

Barbara Mutch was born and raised in South Africa, the granddaughter of Irish immigrants. She is married with two sons and divides her time between Cape Town and London.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 14.92
Audience: Adult
Language: English