Publisher: Struik Publishers Pty Ltd
Publish Date: November 6, 2007
Origins: From Author for Review
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Synopsis: Thandi loves her life. She loves her cute son Hintsa, her witty husband Mandla, her comfortably challenging work with the tourism board, and her best friends Nosizwe and Lauren. But she has to admit – its tough being Superwoman in South Africa today. Try being the perfect traditional wife and African mother at home, the perfect promotable black woman at work, and the perfect foil for her Benetton friends one black and Xhosa, one white and English! Thandi admits defeat and decides she needs that great South African bourgeois accessory: a maid. And since she doesnt have the heart to boss about a sister in her own home, she decides it must be a white maid. Marita joining the household seems to disrupt the comfortable space Thandi, Siz and Lauren have settled into. The secrets of the three womens lives are dramatically exposed and they are forced to confront their assumptions about relationships, history and each other.
Review: I don’t know much about South African culture and I was looking forward to getting a look into the lives of the three women who were the main characters. I wasn’t drawn into the story and I wasn’t able to connect with the characters or their situation at all. Unfortunately, this was a “Did Not Finish” for me.