Length: 288 pages
First Published: 2023
When Stephanie Land set out to write her memoir Maid, she never could have imagined what was to come. Stephanie’s escape out of poverty and abuse in search of a better life inspired millions.
Maid was a story about a housecleaner, but it was also a story about a woman with a dream. In Class, Land takes us with her as she finishes college and pursues her writing career. Facing barriers at every turn including a byzantine loan system, not having enough money for food, navigating the judgments of professors and fellow students who didn’t understand the demands of attending college while under the poverty line—Land finds a way to survive once again, finally graduating in her mid-thirties.
Class paints an intimate and heartbreaking portrait of motherhood as it converges and often conflicts with personal desire and professional ambition. Who has the right to create art? Who has the right to go to college? And what kind of work is valued in our culture? In clear, candid, and moving prose, Class grapples with these questions, offering a searing indictment of America’s educational system and an inspiring testimony of a mother’s triumph against all odds.
About Stephanie Land
Stephanie Land is a writing fellow through both Community Change and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Her works focusing on social and economic justice have been featured in numerous publications. She is the author of the memoirs Maid and Class. She currently lives in Missoula, Montana. Visit the author’s website →