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A Servant's Tale by Paula Fox
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Oct 03, 11

bookshelves: literature-contemporary
Read in March, 2006 — I own a copy

Excellent. Narrator born on tiny Caribbean island to sone of hacienda owner and a maid grows up in NY in a series of tenements becomes a maid and finally returns to her home to find it so changed that she doesn't recognize it. Why did she choose to become a servant? Represents a decision to look to the past? She didn't have to commit to anyting, just did her work and dreamed of going back to her village. Also, aligned herself with her mom rather than her dad. Refused to be part of the world--never wanted to know what was going on, and remained a spectator in others' lives.
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