With her Muslim hijab and down-turned gaze, Najwa is invisible to most eyes, especially to the rich Arab families whose houses she cleans in London. Twenty years earlier, Najwa, then an aristocratic Westernized Sudanese, could have never imagined this new life.

A review by Darkowaa of AfricanBookAddict.com

Idara cleaned her flat every day. People didn’t understand what she meant when she said she cleaned every day. She was sure they imagined her hurriedly adjusting throw pillows, washing dirty plates and perhaps wiping down marble counters before dashing off to prepare for work… [10mins]

As a writer, one is obliged to release her words, to let them live in the world on their own.  Taiye Selasi