HousegirlBook - 2018
Belinda knows how to follow the rules. She has learned the right way to polish water glasses, to wash and fold a hundred handkerchiefs, and to keep a tight lid on the memories of the village she left when she came to Kumasi to work as a live-in maid. She is trying to teach Mary the rules. Eleven years old and irrepressible Mary is a housegirl-in-training, the little sister Belinda never had. Amma is sick of the rules. Even though she continues to earn straight As at her exclusive London school, she is no longer the outgoing and vivacious girl her Ghanian parents have raised her to be. So, when Amma's mother and father meet Belinda on a visit home, they bring her back with them to London, convinced she is the shining example their wayward daughter needs. But how can Belinda abandon one friend for another who would rather be alone? Her task feels impossible, but as the months pass and her life in Kumasi recedes, she and Amma find common ground. The truth is that both girls have built strong defenses, and neither is fully prepared to tear them down.