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A Servant's Tale

(1984)
A novel by

 
"A rare and wondrous thing....[Fox] knows how to create a character." - Vogue

Luisa de la Cueva was born on the Caribbean island of Malagita, of a plantation owner's son and a native woman, a servant in the kitchen. Her years on Malagita were sweet with the beauty of bamboo, banana, and mango trees with flocks of silver-feathered guinea hens underneath, the magic of a victrola, and the caramel flan that Mama sneaked home from the plantation kitchen. Luisa's father, fearing revolution, takes his family to New York. In the barrio his once-powerful name means nothing, and the family establishes itself in a basement tenement. For Luisa, Malagita becomes a dream. Luisa does not dream of going to college, as her friend Ellen does, or of winning the lottery, as her father does. She takes a job as a servant and, paradoxically, grows more independent. She marries and later raises a son alone. She works as a servant all her life. A Servant's Tale is the story of a life that is simple on the surface but full of depth and richness as we come to know it, a story told with consummate grace and compassion by Paula Fox.

 
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Hardback Editions

February 1986 : UK Hardback
Title: Servant's Tale
Author(s): Paula Fox
ISBN: 0-86068-702-3 / 978-0-86068-702-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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November 1984 : USA Hardback
Title: A Servant's Tale
Author(s): Paula Fox
ISBN: 0-86547-164-9 / 978-0-86547-164-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: North Point Press
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Paperback Editions

September 2001 : USA Paperback
Title: A Servant's Tale: A Novel (Norton Paperback Fiction)
Author(s): Paula Fox
ISBN: 0-393-32285-8 / 978-0-393-32285-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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March 1986 : UK Paperback
Title: A Servant's Tale (Contemporary American Fiction Series)
Author(s): Paula Fox
ISBN: 0-14-008386-3 / 978-0-14-008386-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Viking Pr
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February 1986 : UK Paperback
Title: Servant's Tale
Author(s): Paula Fox
ISBN: 0-86068-707-4 / 978-0-86068-707-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

June 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: A Servant's Tale: A Novel (Norton Paperback Fiction)
Author(s): Paula Fox
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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