Zinzi Clemmons – What We Lose
Dubbed the debut novel of the year by Vogue Magazine Clemmons writes about Thandi, a woman with a South African heritage but is born and raised in Pennsylvania. It’s a tale of loss as well as finding her identity when her mother dies after a battle with cancer. What We Lose is an emotional read.
Madeleine L'Engle - A Wrinkle in Time
A Wrinkle in Time, which is now a blockbuster flim, is an easy read that mixes fantasy and sci-fi for the inner girl child in you. It follows Meg, who’s always felt different. She and her little brother, Charles Murry, go searching for their lost father, and they find themselves travelling on a dangerous journey. Meg has to find her inner strength to save her family.
Dawn O’Porter - The Cows
The Cows is hilarious! I truly enjoyed it how honest and fearless it felt. The debut novel deals with three women who’re juggling motherhood, love and life in a world that has expectations on how women should be. To deal with these unfair expecting, As O’Porter says, ‘don’t follow the herd’.
Trevor Noah - Born a Crime
If you haven’t read this gem, then you better start this weekend. It’s going to be adapted into a movie starring Lupita Nyong'o. This is a memoir about Trevor while growing up in Apartheid South Africa. It also features his dating life in high school and his relationship with his mom. It is funny but deeply moving.
Mohale Mashigo - The Yearning
This is a beautiful novel about strength and courage. We never know how our past can shape and affect us, and Mashigo deals with that theme as she introduces us to Marubini – a young woman based in Cape Town who is battling with ghosts of her past. It’s a brilliant read!