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Like One of the Family

(1986)
Conversations from a Domestic's Life
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A new edition of Alice Childress's classic novel about African American domestic workers, featuring a foreword by Roxane Gay

First published in Paul Robeson's newspaper, Freedom, and composed of a series of conversations between Mildred, a black domestic, and her friend Marge, Like One of the Family is a wry, incisive portrait of working women in Harlem in the 1950's. Rippling with satire and humor, Mildred's outspoken accounts vividly capture her white employers' complacency and condescension - and their startled reactions to a maid who speaks her mind and refuses to exchange dignity for pay.

Upon publication the book sparked a critique of working conditions, laying the groundwork for the contemporary domestic worker movement. Although she was critically praised, Childress's uncompromising politics and unflinching depictions of racism, classism, and sexism relegated her to the fringe of American literature. Like One of the Family has been long overlooked, but this new edition, featuring a foreword by best-selling author Roxane Gay, will introduce Childress to a new generation.

    

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Paperback Editions

January 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Like One of the Family
Author(s): Alice Childress
ISBN: 0-8070-5074-1 / 978-0-8070-5074-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Beacon Press
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September 1986 : USA Paperback
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Title: Like One of the Family: Conversations from a Domestic's Life (BLACK WOMEN WRITERS SERIES)
Author(s): Alice Childress
ISBN: 0-8070-0903-2 / 978-0-8070-0903-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Beacon Press
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Kindle Editions

January 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Like One of the Family
Author(s): Alice Childress
Publisher: Beacon Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA