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The Resource What We Lose

What We Lose

Label
What We Lose
Title
What We Lose
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Zinzi Clemmons
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Language
eng
Summary
A National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 HonoreeNBCC John Leonard First Book Prize FinalistAspen Words Literary Prize FinalistCalifornia Book Award First Fiction FinalistHurston/Wright Legacy Award Debut Novel NomineeLonglisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction & the Brooklyn Public Library Literary PrizeNamed a Best Book of the Year by Vogue, NPR, Elle, Esquire, Buzzfeed, San Francisco Chronicle, Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, The A.V. Club, The Root, Harper's Bazaar, Paste, Bustle, Kirkus Reviews, Electric Literature, LitHub, New York Post, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Bust"The debut novel of the year." —Vogue"Like so many stories of the black diaspora, What We Lose is an examination of haunting. " —Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker"A richly volatile study of grief, wonderment and love." —Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal"A startling, poignant debut." —The Atlantic "Raw and ravishing, this novel pulses with vulnerability and shimmering anger." —Nicole Dennis-Benn, O, the Oprah Magazine"Stunning. . . . Powerfully moving and beautifully wrought, What We Lose reflects on family, love, loss, race, womanhood, and the places we feel home." —Buzzfeed"Remember this name: Zinzi Clemmons. Long may she thrill us with exquisite works like What We Lose. . . . The book is a remarkable journey." —EssenceFrom an author of rare, haunting power, a stunning novel about a young African-American woman coming of age—a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, family, and countryRaised in Pennsylvania, Thandi views the world of her mother's childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor—someone, or something, to love. In arresting and unsettling prose, we watch Thandi's life unfold, from losing her mother and learning to live without the person who has most profoundly shaped her existence, to her own encounters with romance and unexpected motherhood. Through exquisite and emotional vignettes, Clemmons creates a stunning portrayal of what it means to choose to live, after loss. An elegiac distillation, at once intellectual and visceral, of a young woman's understanding of absence and identity that spans continents and decades, What We Lose heralds the arrival of a virtuosic new voice in fiction.One of the New York Times, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Redbook, Marie Claire, Essence, Houston Chronicle, LA Daily News, Nylon, and Elle's Books to Read This Summer
Summary
Raised in America, the multiracial daughter of a mother from Johannesburg struggles with her mother's terminal cancer and her own need to find love and a place to belong, quests shaped by losses, changes in her sense of identity and unexpected motherhood
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BT
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Clemmons, Zinzi
Dewey number
813
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Fiction
  • African American Fiction
  • Literature
Target audience
adult
Label
What We Lose
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Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9780735221727
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optical disk
Label
What We Lose
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OVERDRIVE:b15844ee-78dc-40e2-8c0f-67e22a2ab3da
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9780735221727
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Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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      175 Monmouth Street, Independence, OR, 97351, US
      44.851488 -123.185756
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