Meet the Author Megan K. Stack
6 June @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Megan K. Stack has reported on war, terrorism and political Islam from all over the world. As a foreign correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, she was posted to Jerusalem, Cairo, Moscow and Beijing; she has also lived in Buenos Aires, New Delhi and now Singapore. Megan was awarded the 2007 Overseas Press Club’s Hal Boyle Award for best newspaper reporting from abroad, and was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in international reporting. Her first book, Every Man In This Village Is A Liar, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Megan has two young sons aged 5 and 7.
Her most recent book, Women’s Work, is a stunning memoir of raising children abroad with the help of Chinese and Indian women who are also working mothers. It has been connecting with expat women in Singapore and beyond after an excerpt was published in The New Yorker last month, then re-posted in several expat forums online.
This event will include a reading by Megan, along with a Q&A, wine, nibbles and, of course, signed books available for purchase.
Date: 6 June 2019
Place: Emperor’s Attic
#01-10 Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road, 169074
About the book
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 realised 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 labour. The housekeeper Megan 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 Megan’s family grew and her husband’s job took them to Delhi, a series of Chinese and Indian women cooked, cleaned and babysat in her home. Megan 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, Megan travelled 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.