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My Cleaner

Couverture du livre « My Cleaner » de Maggie Gee aux éditions Saqi Books Digital
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Ugandan Mary Tendo worked for many years in the white middle-class Henman household in London, cleaning for Vanessa and looking after her only child, Justin. More than ten years after Mary has left, Justin - now twenty-two - is too depressed to get out of bed. To his mother';s surprise, he asks... Voir plus

Ugandan Mary Tendo worked for many years in the white middle-class Henman household in London, cleaning for Vanessa and looking after her only child, Justin. More than ten years after Mary has left, Justin - now twenty-two - is too depressed to get out of bed. To his mother';s surprise, he asks for Mary. When Mary responds to Vanessa';s cry for help and returns from Uganda to look after Justin, the balance of power in the house shifts dramatically. Both women';s lives change irrevocably as tensions build towards a climax on a snowbound motorway. 'Beautifully observed, intelligent and moving . a carefully wrapped surprise that gets better and better with the unravelling.'; The Scotsman 'A moving, funny, engrossing book.'; The Observer 'Gee satirises the liberal conscience of the chattering classes with uncomfortable perception in this hugely enjoyable novel . her portrayal of Britain';s new underclass of immigrant workers is presented with her trademark stinging clarity.'; Metro 'Maggie Gee is a superb and pitiless analyser of middleclass angst. Elegant, humorous and surprising, this is a classy performance.'; The Times 'It';s amazing how many details, characters, stories within stories, Maggie Gee';s unquenchable exuberance crams into this comparatively short book.'; The Spectator 'An intelligent and satisfying read.'; The Sunday Times 'A masterful study in Africa/UK relations which manages to be supremely uncomforable without being cynical, and clever without being calculating.'; Big Issue 'The Flood was chillingly predictive. My Cleaner is a calmer, happier novel. Yet a gnawing tragedy lies in the shadows, all the more poignant for the deftness with which it';s brushed aside.'; The Independent

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