By Real Simple
Updated November 16, 2017
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Zinzi Clemmons' debut novel is a moving coming of age story told through vignettes. Thandi, raised in America, has never felt close to her mother’s youth in Johannesburg. But when her mother passes away from cancer, Thandi must learn to live life without her, as she navigates a marriage and unplanned pregnancy. Through beautiful prose, Clemmons addresses loss and the impact of our identities. To buy: $14; amazon.com.Released July 11.
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This debut novel from Zinzi Clemmons is a moving coming of age story. Thandi, raised in America, has never felt particularly close to her mother’s youth in Johannesburg. But when her mother is diagnosed with cancer, Thandi must learn to live her life without her. Through beautiful prose, Clemmons addresses the profound effect loss can have on our lives and the impact that our complex identities can have on our lives.

To buy: $17; amazon.com.