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'''The Full Matilda''' is a 2004 novel by David Haynes.

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'''The ''The Full Matilda''' Matilda'' is a 2004 novel by David Haynes.


The Full Matilda is a 2004 novel by David Haynes.

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The '''The Full Matilda Matilda''' is a 2004 novel by David Haynes.


The Full Matilda is a 2004 novel by David Haynes.

The Housewrights have a family legacy of service, their father, Jacob, having served as the venerable black majordomo to a rich and powerful U.S. senator in WashingtonDC But each successive generation scoffs at the service legacy, gravitating toward the catering business but anxious to drop the subservience of the serving class. Matilda Housewright, the strong-minded and willful daughter of Jacob, provides the focus for this novel which takes place from TheRoaringTwenties to The TurnOfTheMillennium. After Jacob dies, Matilda's brother, Martin, embarks on a catering business and cuts out Matilda, leaving her on the sidelines. But her impervious nature and impeccable taste keep her at the center of the family as Martin's sons are sent to get the full-Matilda treatment. Alternating between the accounts of Matilda and her brother and the third-person perspectives of Martin's sons and grandson, this vibrant family portrait tracks the rise of the Housewrights to a multimillion-dollar food distribution company. Along the way, it traces changes in sensibilities as each generation puts its own stamp on the meaning and manner of service.

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The Full Matilda is a 2004 novel by David Haynes.

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The Housewrights have a family legacy of service, their father, Jacob, having served as the venerable black majordomo to a rich and powerful U.S. senator in WashingtonDC UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC But each successive generation scoffs at the service legacy, gravitating toward the catering business but anxious to drop the subservience of the serving class. Matilda Housewright, the strong-minded and willful daughter of Jacob, provides the focus for this novel which takes place from TheRoaringTwenties to The TurnOfTheMillennium. After Jacob dies, Matilda's brother, Martin, embarks on a catering business and cuts out Matilda, leaving her on the sidelines. But her impervious nature and impeccable taste keep her at the center of the family as Martin's sons are sent to get the full-Matilda treatment. Alternating between the accounts of Matilda and her brother and the third-person perspectives of Martin's sons and grandson, this vibrant family portrait tracks the rise of the Housewrights to a multimillion-dollar food distribution company. Along the way, it traces changes in sensibilities as each generation puts its own stamp on the meaning and manner of service.



* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Matilda's family being African-American servants to a white senator in and of itself can be considered this. This is even discussed when Matilda talks about how later on many people quit having live in servants and started hiring day maids and limo services (as opposed to having a driver and a live-in maid). TheReveal in the book is that Matilda at the age of 16 [[spoiler: slept with the senator (who had been showing an...interest in her since she was 13) to secure her father a house of his own, and nobody else knew but her and the senator.]] That scenario could probably happen now, but eventually it would come out and the senator would probably be arrested, whereas back then nobody would care because she was just a poor black girl. It would be more plausible now if she were older, but it still would cause controversy.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Matilda's family being African-American servants to a white senator in and of itself can be considered this. This is even discussed when Matilda talks about how later on many people quit having live in servants and started hiring day maids and limo services (as opposed to having a driver and a live-in maid). TheReveal in the book is that Matilda at the age of 16 [[spoiler: slept with the senator (who had been showing an...interest in her since she was 13) to secure her father a house of his own, and nobody else knew but her and the senator.]] That scenario could probably happen now, but eventually it would come out and the senator would probably be arrested, whereas back then nobody would care because she was just a poor black girl. It would be more plausible now if she were older, but it still would cause controversy.


* TheRoaringTwenties: and TheGreatDepression, and WorldWarTwo, TheSixties, TheSeventies, TheEighties, TheNineties, and The TurnOfTheMillennium. In fact the only decades of the 20th century not discussed were the ones before Matilda was born.

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* TheRoaringTwenties: and TheGreatDepression, and WorldWarTwo, TheSixties, TheSeventies, TheEighties, TheNineties, and The TurnOfTheMillennium. In fact the only decades of the 20th century not discussed were the ones before Matilda was born.


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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: What Matilda did to keep the house. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essie_Mae_Washington-Williams Essie Mae Washington-Williams]] was born to 22-year-old South Carolina governor and later senator Strom Thurmond and his 16 year old black servant, Carrie Butler. She did not reveal who her father was until his death in 2003.


* {{Pettanko}}: Matilda is said to be one.


* MixedMarriage: Rodrick and his wife Katie, who is white.

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The Full Matilda is a 2004 novel by David Haynes.


The Housewrights have a family legacy of service, their father, Jacob, having served as the venerable black majordomo to a rich and powerful U.S. senator in Washington, D.C. But each successive generation scoffs at the service legacy, gravitating toward the catering business but anxious to drop the subservience of the serving class. Matilda Housewright, the strong-minded and willful daughter of Jacob, provides the focus for this novel which takes place from TheRoaringTwenties to The TurnOfTheMillennium. After Jacob dies, Matilda's brother, Martin, embarks on a catering business and cuts out Matilda, leaving her on the sidelines. But her impervious nature and impeccable taste keep her at the center of the family as Martin's sons are sent to get the full-Matilda treatment. Alternating between the accounts of Matilda and her brother and the third-person perspectives of Martin's sons and grandson, this vibrant family portrait tracks the rise of the Housewrights to a multimillion-dollar food distribution company. Along the way, it traces changes in sensibilities as each generation puts its own stamp on the meaning and manner of service.

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The Housewrights have a family legacy of service, their father, Jacob, having served as the venerable black majordomo to a rich and powerful U.S. senator in Washington, D.C. WashingtonDC But each successive generation scoffs at the service legacy, gravitating toward the catering business but anxious to drop the subservience of the serving class. Matilda Housewright, the strong-minded and willful daughter of Jacob, provides the focus for this novel which takes place from TheRoaringTwenties to The TurnOfTheMillennium. After Jacob dies, Matilda's brother, Martin, embarks on a catering business and cuts out Matilda, leaving her on the sidelines. But her impervious nature and impeccable taste keep her at the center of the family as Martin's sons are sent to get the full-Matilda treatment. Alternating between the accounts of Matilda and her brother and the third-person perspectives of Martin's sons and grandson, this vibrant family portrait tracks the rise of the Housewrights to a multimillion-dollar food distribution company. Along the way, it traces changes in sensibilities as each generation puts its own stamp on the meaning and manner of service.

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