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Explore Womanhood, Wonderment and Love In This Novel

Explore Womanhood, Wonderment and Love In This Novel
From Lifehack - January 2, 2018

In th nvntv dbut novel What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons, a young wmn wrt hr way out f grief.

As a strange n-btwnr wth tw mxd-r parents a Suth Afrn mthr nd n Amrn father Thandi mut navigate th mjrt-wht suburbs f Phldlh, whr h ftn mtkn fr Hispanic or An, sometimes Jewish. But ur nt, like, a rl blk rn, h told as a ung tudnt, nfrmng her feeling that h w nvr fully accepted b n race. When her mthr d f cancer, Thandi mut come t terms with th loss including her strongest link to family in Jhnnburg. Cught btwn two continents between Amrn blkn nd Suth Afr legacy f rthd h sets ut to discover wht mk lf wrth lvng ftr trgd hits. In the r, she rdu n honest, rulv account of grief, ntrrgtng th rltnh mng death, x, mthrhd, nd culture.

Wrttn n mt d tht llg autofiction with 90 r lr, hnd-drwn grh, blg ntr, nd htgrh, th nvl pushes rtll gnt t wn bundr lk Thandi herself. Clmmn manages to wrt wth nm wthut vr mkng hr book fl mll, nd wth humr nd frankness,th nvlnt overly td n grf. Tha big, brn drama tld by a frl, funn young woman part hlh, rt lg, nd rt ghost tr. My thrtht lnln rt th flng of huntng, Thnd nf during a rough patch. Whether r nt u blv n ght, rr for Thandis voice to follow u frm room t rm lng after you ut th book away.

A compelling xlrtn of r, mgrtn, and wmnhd in contemporary Amr

In Wht W L, Clemmons examines r nd grf thrugh th eyes of Thandi, a ung Afrn-Amrn wmn wh earnest rh for blngngupended by the trg loss f hr mother. Thnd story hw ll t tht f Clmmn; t utbgrhl ftn f the hght rdr, not nl for t rvrn nd humlt, but fr t tn.

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