My cleaner. She does my dirty work. She knows more about me than anyone else in the world.
But does she, in fact, like me? Does her presence fill me with shame? 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, handsome and gifted - 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 startling climax on a snowbound motorway.
Maggie Gee confronts racism and class conflict with humour and tenderness in this moving, funny, engrossing read.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Saqi Books
- Publication Date: 18/05/2006
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781846590085