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Maid

Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive
Narrated by: Stephanie Land
Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
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Summary

'My daughter learned to walk in a homeless shelter.'   

As a struggling single mum, determined to keep a roof over her daughter's head, Stephanie Land worked for years as a maid, working long hours in order to provide for her small family. In Maid, she reveals the dark truth of what it takes to survive and thrive in today's inequitable society.    

As she worked hard to climb her way out of poverty as a single parent, scrubbing the toilets of the wealthy, navigating domestic labour jobs as a cleaner whilst also juggling higher education, assisted housing, and a tangled web of government assistance, Stephanie wrote. She wrote the true stories that weren't being told. The stories of the overworked and underpaid.    

Written in honest, heart-rending prose and with great insight, Maid explores the underbelly of the upper-middle classes and the reality of what it's like to be in service to them. 'I'd become a nameless ghost,' Stephanie writes. With this audiobook, she gives voice to the 'servant' worker, those who fight daily to scramble and scrape by for their own lives and the lives of their children.

©2019 Stephanie Land (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

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on obamas summer reading list

Read this feeling sad how society treats people who are trying their hardest in a very unfair society . written well

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Couldn’t put down

I was hooked on first page.
Admiration for this single mother who through blood sweat and many silent tears kept fighting for a better life for herself and child.
Shame on the mother and stepfather, unbelievably selfish and the child’s father! I so wanted to hug this mum and help her.

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  • Penny Hunt
  • 06-07-19

Story of a Spoilt Brat

Continuous whine about how she cannot believe there are consequences to choices she's made. Clearly blames her mother and has a daddy complex. Teenage mother who does love her child but ... it's a whine . Good use of English and scenes well described but not worth listening to.