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Zenzele: A Letter for My Daughter by Nozipo Maraire

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Synopsis: Written in the form of an extended letter from a Zimbabwean mother to her daughter leaving for a university place in America, this novel draws back a veil to reveal life in Africa today, in a country attempting to reconcile post-colonialism, generation gaps and village versus urban society. 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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