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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, ...

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Overview

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.

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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Editorial Reviews

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"Quite simply one of the most beautiful novels I have ever read." —Susan Dodd, Author of Mamaw and Old Wive's Tales

"Minyon's voice is beautiful music, a cello, a harp, a gospel moan." —Reginald McKnight, author of I Get On the Bus

"Beautifully rendered and flawlessly maintained Gullah speech that occasionally whispers of the easy lyricism of Zora Neale Hurston." —Orlando Sentinel

"A beautifully mesmerizing tale that will long be remembered. An absolute triumph." —Jill McCorkle

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312135294
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 686,947
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2000

    As satisfying as a good meal

    The allure of this book is the setting, an infamous house of prostitution in the South, and the main characters. Godwin tells a satisfying story that holds the reader's attention from start to finish.

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