"A rare and wondrous thing....[Fox] knows how to create a character."―VogueLuisa de la Cueva was born on the Caribbean island of Malagita, of a plantation owner's son and a native woman, a servant in the kitchen. Her years on Malagita were sweet with the beauty of bamboo, banana, and mango trees with flocks of silver-feathered guinea hens underneath, the magic of a victrola, and the caramel flan that Mama sneaked home from the plantation kitchen. Luisa's father, fearing revolution, takes his family to New York. In the barrio his once-powerful name means nothing, and the family establishes itself in a basement tenement. For Luisa, Malagita becomes a dream. Luisa does not dream of going to college, as her friend Ellen does, or of winning the lottery, as her father does. She takes a job as a servant and, paradoxically, grows more independent. She marries and later raises a son alone. She works as a servant all her life. A Servant's Tale is the story of a life that is simple on the surface but full of depth and richness as we come to know it, a story told with consummate grace and compassion by Paula Fox.
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Paula Fox (1923―2017) was the author of Desperate Characters, The Widow’s Children, A Servant’s Tale, The God of Nightmares, Poor George, The Western Coast, and Borrowed Finery: A Memoir, among other books.Review:
A rare and wondrous thing....[Fox] knows how to create a character. -- Vogue
[A] book I absolutely loved....Marvelously observed, horrific without being violent, modesty and reticent. -- Marina Warner, author of From the Beast to the Blonde
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1986. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0140083863