Saturday, January 19, 2013
Join us for a book discussion set in Zimbabwe, formerly called Rhodesia in Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Damgarembga.
Here's a Book Summary:
This stunning first novel, set in colonial Rhodesia during the 1960s, centers on the coming of age of a teenage girl, Tambu, and her relationship with her British-educated cousin Nyasha. Tambu, who yearns to be free of the constraints of her rural village, especially the circumscribed lives of the women, thinks her dreams have come true when her wealthy uncle offers to sponsor her education. But she soon learns that the education she receives at his mission school comes with a price.
At the school she meets the worldly and rebellious Nyasha, who is chafing under her father's authority. Raised in England, Nyasha is so much a stranger among her own people that she can no longer speak her native language. Tambu can only watch as her cousin, caught between two cultures, pays the full cost of alienation.
We'll be meeting in the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood at Black Point Cafe on February 17 at 2pm.
Next Books to Read:
March: Equal of the Sun - Anita Amirrezvanni (Iran)
April: An American Radical - Susan Rosenberg (US)
May: Outcasts United - Warren St. John (US)
June: Don't be afraid Gringo - Elvia Alvarado (Honduras)