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Women’s Work: A Reckoning With Home and Help

Women’s Work: A Reckoning With Home and Help

  • 作者: Stack, Megan K.
  • 原文出版社:Doubleday
  • 出版日期:2019/04/02
  • 語言:英文
  • 定價:978
  • 優惠價:79773
  • 優惠期限:2019年09月03日止
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內容簡介

  身為女性,如何身兼一位妻子、一位母親?
  身為女性,如何捍衛女權、又非享用特權?
  國家書卷獎決選作家,以自己的親身經驗,省思當代的關鍵問題


  本書作者Megan Stack在北京生活時,因為有了孩子,而辭去了外電記者一職,成為在家寫作的專職主婦。然而,在家帶小孩及打理家事並不是件容易的事,更佔用了她的寫作時間。

  卡在這種蠟燭兩頭燒的狀況,Stack像多數小康家庭一樣,選擇雇用費用低廉的中國幫傭,來減緩自己的負擔。Stack因此雇用了一位來自鄉下,為了賺錢而離開自己的孩子,來到都市的幫傭。

  後來,Stack的家裡越來越多人,並隨著她丈夫職業調動而舉家遷居至德里,並雇用了更多華裔及印度裔的婦女來為他們操持家事及照顧孩子,Stack也漸漸發覺,這些受僱於她的婦女們的生活是多麽艱辛,被諸如家庭暴力、酒精成癮及未預期懷孕等情況折磨著。

  雇用這些困頓的幫傭們,Stack得以兼顧家庭與事業,但她是不是在無意識的情況下,也剝削了這些幫傭生而為人的價值,與身為母親的時光?

  Stack下定決心,要直視自己的所作所為可能造成的影響,因此遠行到她的幫傭們的家鄉,與她們的父母、孩子碰面,用她身為記者的洞察力去探查這些母親們為了有更好的工作報酬妥協了什麼,而這些被迫沒有母親陪伴的孩子,又失去了什麼。提問了關於當代社會與身為女性深刻而值得深思的重大問題──社經地位的剝削、親職外包的影響,更思索當我們呼籲女性追尋自己的夢想,社會對母職的想像又是否有改變,女性該如何在之中尋求平衡。(文/博客來編譯)

  From National Book Award finalist Megan K. Stack, a stunning memoir of raising her children abroad with the help of Chinese and Indian women who are also working mothers

  When Megan Stack was living in Beijing, she left her prestigious job as a foreign correspondent to have her first child and work from home writing a book. She quickly realized that caring for a baby and keeping up with the housework while her husband went to the office each day was consuming the time she needed to write. This dilemma was resolved in the manner of many upper-class families and large corporations: she availed herself of cheap Chinese labor. The housekeeper Stack hired was a migrant from the countryside, a mother who had left her daughter in a precarious situation to earn desperately needed cash in the capital. As Stack's family grew and her husband's job took them to Dehli, a series of Chinese and Indian women cooked, cleaned, and babysat in her home. Stack grew increasingly aware of the brutal realities of their lives: domestic abuse, alcoholism, unplanned pregnancies. Hiring poor women had given her the ability to work while raising her children, but what ethical compromise had she made?

  Determined to confront the truth, Stack traveled to her employees' homes, met their parents and children, and turned a journalistic eye on the tradeoffs they'd been forced to make as working mothers seeking upward mobility—and on the cost to the children who were left behind.

  Women's Work is an unforgettable story of four women as well as an electrifying meditation on the evasions of marriage, motherhood, feminism, and privilege.

Review

  “Megan Stack is willing to confront hard questions that many of us flinch from: about the relationships between women and the women we hire to take care of our houses and our children, to do the traditional women’s work that gives ‘liberated women’ the time to do traditional men’s work. Women’s Work is a book of vivid characters, engrossing stories, shrewd insights, and uncomfortable reflections.”—Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of Unfinished Business and president and CEO of New America

  “Women’s Work hit me where I live, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. Stack uses her reporting acumen to illuminate domestic workers’ struggles, but also fearlessly reveals the most vulnerable details of her own life in order to make her point. The masterfulness with which she tells these intertwined stories makes this book not just a work of brilliant journalism but a work of art.”—Emily Gould, author of And the Heart Says Whatever and Friendship

  “If Karl Ove Knausgaard himself were a woman and had given birth, he might have written a book a little like Women’s Work. Megan Stack’s mastery of language and attention to detail make magic of the most quotidian aspects of life.” —Barbara Demick, author of Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

  “A fierce and furious and darkly funny book about the costs of motherhood: the psychological costs, the costs in time and energy and spirit, and finally the costs imposed on other women, most of them also mothers, who leave their own children so they can take care of ours. I can’t think of a work that speaks more directly to our age of increasing inequality, starting with housework and child care, the oldest inequalities of all.” —Keith Gessen, author of A Terrible Country

  “Megan Stack obliterates the silence that upholds one of our greatest taboos: our universal reliance on domestic labor that women—women of color especially—are expected to supply freely or cheaply. With journalistic rigor, Stack centers the complicated lives of women who clean our homes and care for our children, but it’s her willingness to shine a light into the dark, typically untouched corners of her own family, privilege, and ambition that makes this book soar.”—Angela Garbes, author of Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy
 

作者介紹

Author

MEGAN K. STACK


  MEGAN K. STACK is the author of Every Man in This Village Is a Liar, a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award. As a war correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, she reported from dozens of countries and was posted to Jerusalem, Cairo, Moscow, and Beijing. She was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in international reporting.
 

詳細資料

  • ISBN:9780385542098
  • 規格:精裝 / 16.5 x 24.8 x 3.8 cm / 普通級

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