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The Full Matilda

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  38 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Matilda Housewright hails from a long line of venerable and well-respected African American retainers her family has been in service for generations, serving Washington, D.C., politicos and other upper-crust families. The daughter of the indispensable majordomo Jacob Housewright, Matilda grew up in the house of a powerful D.C. senator and learned how to be a hostess extrao ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 11th 2004 by Broadway Books
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Mar 11, 2008 Edward added it
Terrific novel by a writer who should be much more widely read. His approach to issues of class and race in this novel is subtle but powerful. And he's just a fine, fine writer.
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Oct 17, 2010 Lori Stephens rated it really liked it
I love Matilda. The book's narrative structure reminds me of another favorite of mine, As I Lay Dying. We learn about Matilda through the eyes and opinions of not only the men around her, but across generations of men. She gets more narrative time than Addie Bundren, to be sure, and that's a good thing. If you want to see inside the domestic service world of the 20s and 30s (and indeed, into the 80s and 90s) this is a great book to read. Haynes has a magical way of pulling you into Matilda's wor ...more
Aug 08, 2014 Joyce rated it it was amazing
Another kind of African American fiction! This is quiet and non-intruding compares to many others which usually writes about the more negative aspects of life. I appreciate the determination of Matilda, and how she loves people the best that she can. It also rightfully describes sibling rivalries - the drama of it, and how at the end, siblings are often forgiving and understanding toward each other. The ties and love remains. I also enjoy the peek into political lives and characters in DC!
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A fun read!
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David Haynes has been recognized by Granta magazine as one of America's best young novelists. The author of six critically acclaimed novels and five children's books, he is director of creative writing at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

The former sixth grade teacher's short stories have been heard on "Selected Shorts" on NPR, and his novels have been recognized by the American Libr
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