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Nature Lessons: A Novel by Lynette Brasfield
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Nature Lessons: A Novel

by Lynette Brasfield

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Nature Lessons is a well-written story about a middle-aged woman who recounts her past life growing up in South Africa. The story weaves back and forth between the main character's present life and past life but there is a deep connection between the two lives and the author details and intermingles this connection between lives very well.
The book basically leaves you with the premise that you cannot separate your present life from your past and you cannot run away from your childhood. It makes you who you are in the present, good and bad.

The story also centers around South Africa during Apartheid, and the conflicts between the blacks and whites during this period is well-drafted.

The book also explores the complicated bond between mother and daughter and does it well. This bond is one of great pain and great love and is a deep human connection that is unlikely to be surpassed and the author delves into this bond with great attention and detail.

All in all a great read. ( )
  seekingbooks3 | Jan 31, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312310366, Paperback)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:21 -0400)

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.… (more)

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