Zenzele: A Letter for My Daughter

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Dell Pub., 1996 - Fiction - 194 pages
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Written as a letter from a Zimbabwean mother to her daughter, a student at Harvard, J. Nozipo Maraire evokes the moving story of a mother reaching out to her daughter to share the lessons life has taught her and bring the two closer than ever before. Interweaving history and memories, disappointments and dreams, Zenzele tells the tales of Zimbabwe's struggle for independence and the men and women who shaped it: Zenzele's father, an outspoken activist lawyer; her aunt, a schoolteacher by day and secret guerrilla fighter by night; and her cousin, a maid and a spy.

Rich with insight, history, and philosophy, Zenzele is a powerful and compelling story that is both revolutionary and revelatory--the story of one life that poignantly speaks of all lives.

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Maraire, a Harvard-educated native of Zimbabwe now living in the United States, has written a beautifully poignant first novel about what it means to be a woman in Africa. The novel is written in the ... Read full review

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You know when you read a book on the train and have to stop as you arrive to work, and you feel like you can't wait until the end of the day to get back to your couple of hundred pages treasure?
know when you read a book and pause to take notes of the author's thoughts and words just because you will like to study those thoughts a bit more?
You know when you read a book and find yourself "awing", smiling and nodding in agreement?
Well, Zenzele: A letter for My Daughter will let you react these ways.
I keep my copy of the book jealously, so in 15 or 20 years my daughter will read it. :)



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