A Yel­low House (Mon­soon Books), by Karien van Ditzhui­jzen

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The author’s de­but novel ex­plores the plight of maids in Sin­ga­pore and the ex­ploita­tion of mi­grant work­ers. Van Ditzhui­jzen brings some ex­per­tise to the topic. She works with abused do­mes­tic work­ers in Sin­ga­pore through the char­ity HOME.

Ten-year-old Sin­ga­porean Maya is lonely: her grand­mother is dead, her mother is re­turn­ing to work and her best friend has be­come a bully. When Aunty M, a do­mes­tic worker from In­done­sia, joins the fam­ily to care for Maya and her baby sis­ter, Maya is de­ter­mined to hate her.

But Aunty M is kind, quiet and does Maya’s hair for school bet­ter then any­one else. She works hard and looks after them well.

When Maya wit­nesses Aunty M res­cue an­other maid liv­ing in the same build­ing as Maya’s fam­ily from an abu­sive em­ployer, Maya’s eyes are opened to the darker, un­spo­ken side of Sin­ga­pore life.

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