Waiting on Wednesday | #29


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons

What We Lose

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It will be released on July 11, 2017, by Viking.

This is a cover that draws me in before I read the synopsis. Look at it! It’s so beautiful! I love the hand drawings and the typography. It fits the whole feel of the book!

This is an Adult novel. So far, I have been dedicating Waiting on Wednesday to Young Adult novels and it is about time that I show you a book that I am looking forward to reading. I am sure this book will make me feel emotions and I am so there for it. I’m excited for this one to come out in July. 

This is Zinzi’s debut novel. I am excited to see more of her works if I fell in love with this novel. I have been hearing nothing but wonderful things.

From a debut author of rare, haunting power, a stunning novel about a young African-American woman coming of age — a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, family, and country.

Raised in Pennsylvania, Zinzi Clemmons’s heroine Thandi views the world of her mother’s childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor – someone, or something, to love.

In arresting and unsettling prose, we watch Thandi’s life unfold, from losing her mother and learning to live without the person who has most profoundly shaped her existence, to her own encounters with romance and unexpected motherhood. Through exquisite and emotional vignettes, Clemmons creates a stunning portrayal of what it means to choose to live, after the loss. An elegiac distillation, at once intellectual and visceral, of a young woman’s understanding of absence and identity that spans continents and decades, What We Lose heralds the arrival of a virtuosic new voice in fiction.


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