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Keeper of the House

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ISBN13: 9780312135294
ISBN10: 0312135297
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Keeper of the House is an unforgettable novel narrated by the lively Minyon Manigault, a young black woman from a coastal South Carolina Gullah community. In 1929, due to mysterious family circumstances, Minyon is given up by her grandmother to the employment of Ariadne Fleming, a white madam in the famously elegant brothel called Hazelhedge. At the age of fourteen, she becomes a pair of eyes and hands, watching and working almost invisibly in a world where men and women leave their inhibition, and their pasts, at the door. As Minyon grows up in the household with other black people who provide behind-the-scenes support of Hazelhedge, she cannot escape her haunting childhood memories. Even while bearing witness to the events unfolding around her, Minyon seeks to find her place in the world, and her pace within herself.

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In 1929, 14-year-old Minyon is given to the employment of a white madam in the famously elegant brothel called Hazelhedge in a coastal South Carolina community. As Minyon grows among the other black people who provide behind-the-scenes support for Hazelhedge, she cannot escape her childhood memories, yet still seeks to find her place in the world and peace within.

About the Author

Rebecca T. Godwin is the author of Private Parts. She received National Endowment for the Arts grand for a portion of this novel: an excerpt also appeared in The Paris Review. A South Carolina native, she works in communications at Bennington College, and now lives in Poestenskill, New York.

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Diane Ostdiek, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by Diane Ostdiek)
Wonderful story about the relationship of a Madam and her slave housekeeper, yearnings, dignity, limitations, grief and love.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312135294
Author:
Godwin, Rebecca T.
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Women
Subject:
South carolina
Subject:
Prostitution
Subject:
Women domestics
Subject:
Prostitutes
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
South Carolina Fiction.
Subject:
African-American women
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
FIC043000
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
66-24
Publication Date:
19950831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.648 in

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"Synopsis" by , In 1929, 14-year-old Minyon is given to the employment of a white madam in the famously elegant brothel called Hazelhedge in a coastal South Carolina community. As Minyon grows among the other black people who provide behind-the-scenes support for Hazelhedge, she cannot escape her childhood memories, yet still seeks to find her place in the world and peace within.
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