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Nature Lessons: A Novel
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A first-rate, beautifully-written novel about an émigré living in the States who goes back to her native South Africa to look for her missing mother--a fictional debut that will be a draw both to critics and to readers of fine, accessible fiction
Set against a backdrop of South Africa's troubled history, natural beauty, and complex contemporary society, Nature Lessons is a riveting story of a forty-year-old woman, Kate Jensen, struggling to come to terms with the legacy of growing up with a mentally ill mother--including an inability to form long-term, committed relationships--and the guilt she feels as a white person who grew up during the apartheid era. As the story opens, Kate, an advertising copywriter, has just broken up with her third fiancé.
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As Kate searches for a widowed mother she has not seen in more than twenty years, she encounters some unexpected obstacles and at the same time struggles to come to grips with her own demons: the guilt she felt as a white person during the apartheid era and her current inability to sustain long-term relationships with the men in her life.
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