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What We Lose (2017)

af Zinzi Clemmons

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A "novel about a young African-American woman coming of age... Raised in Pennsylvania, Zinzi Clemmons's heroine 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."--… (mere)
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This is how my book choices go, when I want to read EVERYTHING on my shelves: Have Paul Beatty's 'Slumberland' in my hand. See the Junot Diaz blurb on the back. Remember I wanted to get to Zinzi Clemmons 'What We Lose' this year. Glance at the acknowledgments page of 'What We Lose' and see Paul Beatty and Kiese Laymon taught her to write. Heck yeah.
Diving into the book, I thought this was a novel but it seems more like a memoir or at the most auto-fiction that is very close to the writer's life. I would love to ask what the difference is between her life and the narrative, but I guess she really did take care of her mom dying of cancer. And that is the truest and most heartbreaking that shows through here. Chapters are short. Very matter-of-fact. ( )
  booklove2 | Dec 23, 2020 |
2.5 Eloquent. Since it was audio, I assumed it was memoir - it had the same self-centered focus and is mostly about the narrator and her young adult life. Definitely auto-biographical strands based on Clemmons' background. It's kind of a coming-of-age story, delayed in millennial fashion and the narrator, Thandi is in the center of the circle of life, mourning her mother's death from cancer, and discovering her unplanned pregnancy with across-the-continent "boyfriend" Peter. Issues of race and economic disparity are touched on here, but mostly it is a tale of relationships - the best and worst of the people we love the most - and how to give that context. I think I would've like it more had I read and not listened. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
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  snakes6 | Aug 25, 2020 |
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it was a pleasant and relateable quick read.

On the other hand, I'm not sure I consider it a novel. This isn't just because large chunks of it are clearly thinly veiled autobiography. It's more that, especially for a slender book, a lot of it is simply-told exposition, only slightly more detailed than "We got married. We bought a house." It felt like skimming across the protagonist's life, only rarely getting any depth or resonance, which made it hard to connect to the characters.

I didn't dislike What We Lose - but it also didn't move me. ( )
  elenaj | Jul 31, 2020 |
This one gave me the hot fudge sundae effect: warm delicious writing at times, tension, story...yet hard cold facts stuck in here and there. Gifted writer, but not my favorite book, mainly because of the insertions. ( )
  MMKY | Jul 3, 2020 |
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A "novel about a young African-American woman coming of age... Raised in Pennsylvania, Zinzi Clemmons's heroine 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."--

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