Songbirds by Christy Lefteri
Songbirds is a touching tale of economic migrant workers in Cyprus. Nisha has left her 2 year old daughter with her own mother back in Africa in order to work and send money home. It is only when she goes missing that Petra, her employer, realises Nisha's true worth and as she searches for Nisha she comes to see the life Nisha leads and discovers truths about herself as, well. Heart-rending and with beautiful descriptions and prose this novel throws light on the plight on economic emigrants, exposing exploitation and mistreatment of vulnerable communities.
Based on the real-life disappearance of domestic workers in Cyprus, Christy Lefteri has crafted a poignant, deeply empathetic narrative of the human stories behind the headlines. With infinite tenderness and skill, Songbirds offers a triumphant story of the fight for truth and justice, and of women reclaiming their lost voices.