Coconut

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Jacana Media, 2007 - Fiction - 190 pages
6 Reviews

An important rumination on youth in modern-day South Africa, this haunting debut novel tells the story of two extraordinary young women who have grown up black in white suburbs and must now struggle to find their identities. The rich and pampered Ofilwe has taken her privileged lifestyle for granted, and must confront her swiftly dwindling sense of culture when her soulless world falls apart. Meanwhile, the hip and sassy Fiks is an ambitious go-getter desperate to leave her vicious past behind for the glossy sophistication of city life, but finds Johannesburg to be more complicated and unforgiving than she expected. These two stories artfully come together to illustrate the weight of history upon a new generation in South Africa.

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This book is truly a reflection of the two socio-economic classes that exist in our country and how the different lifestyles affect ones psyche. Phenomenal novel

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My heart is filled with so much ambition that it falls to the depth of my stomach my mission will live on _Kopano Matlwa
The coconuts by Kopano Matlwa explores the the essence of our black skin
and the connotations that arise from the use of the word' black'.The scars of Apartheid and colonization that still lingers in the depths of our hearts."Still our mission must go on"irrespective of the daily struggle of ordinary Africans. Their daily struggle for survival must continue without fail. 

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About the author (2007)

Kopano Matlwa is the chairperson and founding member of Waiting Room Education by Medical Students, a nonprofit health promotion organization that uses students' talents to educate patients on common health conditions in the waiting rooms of clinics. She was awarded the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Award in 2005 for academic excellence and leadership potential.

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