Pub: Hodder & Stoughton
This is where she sleeps. A cupboard. A bedroom. A windowless box.’
Sisters Dolly and Tala have never felt further from home. In the blistering heat of Singapore, they spend their days enabling ex-pats to have lives they could never afford for themselves.
Even though she has little freedom, Dolly can just about live with her job if it means she’s able to support her beloved young daughter back in the Philippines. One day – if she’s lucky – Dolly may even be able to go back and see her.
Tala, however, just can’t keep her mouth shut about the restrictive, archaic rules maids are forced to abide by on pain of deportation. She risks everything to help her fellow maids, who have struggled to have their voices heard for far too long.
In a world where domestic workers are treated so poorly, The Maid’s Room explores how women can come together to change each other’s lives, and be the architects of their own futures.
The Maids Room brings home the reality of hard working underpaid and very often poorly treated women who clean for a living. Set in Singapore, Dolly and Tala are sisters who leave their families, including their children to work for the ex-pats.
Wonderfully descriptive, and grimly realistic, this is a book that is both heart warming and deeply fascinating.
The women, both scared for many reasons, are the subject of a blog, written by ‘MaidHacker’ who give ‘expert’ advice in how to treat your servants and ensure they behave..
The Maids Room is a book that will certainly open your eyes, I loved Dolly and Tala, and felt emotionally tied to their lives. I loved their ‘sisterhood’ and
It is a wonderfully written story and for me quite unforgettable.
It would make a fabulous film.