Now You See Us: A Novel

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Now You See Us: A Novel

Now You See Us: A Novel

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Robert Lloyd from Los Angeles Times praised the series, stating that it is "a story about parents and children as much as it is about justice and race — the series has plenty of contemporary resonance on the latter account — and there is strong work from Niecy Nash, John Leguizamo, Aunjanue Ellis and Michael Kenneth Williams among the older generation. My only regret is that this is usually the sort of book I like to save for vacation (which I realized as I was reading but surely was not going to put it down for later! It wasn't until the very end that things picked up and the three banded together to draw attention to the miscarriage of justice. It gets a little melodramatic and the mystery storyline doesn't really work but that wasn't what I was there for.

For each donated book I get through Ko-fi, I donate one of my current books to make room and continue paying it forward.signediza references the author's themes, too, in their referring, adding that Jaswal's views on poverty, classism, prejudice, and women's rights (just to name a few) were "spot-on. Cora and her old comrade Angel befriend the younger Donita, a social media-savvy rebel who chafes against the restrictions of migrant life in Singapore. So if you come into this, come into it expecting an almost diary-like portrayal of three women’s lives.

Donita takes up the cause and embarks on finding out the truth, with Angel and even reluctant Cora along the trail. This enables her to pack scenes with vivid details, from the balikbayan boxes that Filipina workers fill with gifts to send home, to the factory where Donita’s agency deploys her illegally to wash mushrooms.She’s keeping a secret from her wealthy employer, the recently widowed Elizabeth Lee, and needs to keep a low profile. Cora's grief and how she has been impacted by the Philippine Drug War, Donita's blossoming romance and the savage remarks that she delivers when standing up for herself, Angel trying to better herself. You can read this if you want to know more about life in Singapore and the very evident class divide between the domestic workers and the locals.

Compared to Inheritance and Sugarbread, this book seems like a forced attempt to churn out some work just for the heck of it. It was funny to me how the rich Singaporean women were portrayed because they were just like how the wealthy rich white women are described by the service workers in the US so that was super amusing to me. My overall response to this book is that I didn’t enjoy it much and it wasn’t really for me, but I can absolutely see others enjoying it. It has a mystery going through it which was very attention grabbing however the lives of these poor domestics were unbelievably difficult, made worse by the Singapore women of the house. At the same time, Now You See Us thoroughly interrogates labor conditions of Filipina domestic workers in Singapore and the constraints imposed upon their autonomy.I easily fell in love with the wildly different Corazon, Donita, and Angel and enjoyed seeing them take agency in their own lives and with their differing employers.

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