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We Kiss Them With Rain
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We Kiss Them With Rain
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Life wasn't always hard for fourteen-year-old Mvelo. There were good times when they lived with her mother's boyfriend. Now her mother is dying of AIDS and the terrible thing that happened to Mvelo in the revival tent remains unspoken. But a series of choices, chance meetings, and comedy-style exposures of hidden identities hands Mvelo a golden opportunity to overcome hardship.

Life wasn't always hard for fourteen-year-old Mvelo. There were good times when they lived with her mother's boyfriend. Now her mother is dying of AIDS and the terrible thing that happened to Mvelo in the revival tent remains unspoken. But a series of choices, chance meetings, and comedy-style exposures of hidden identities hands Mvelo a golden opportunity to overcome hardship.

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About the Author-
  • Futhi Ntshingila: Futhi Ntshingila grew up in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Now she lives and works in Pretoria. She is a former journalist and holds Masters Degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution. She loves telling stories about the marginalized corners of society, which includes women and children in South Africa and particularly those who live in the squatter camps. In her two novels, she features strong women who empower themselves despite circumstances that seek to disempower them. We Kiss Them With Rain is her debut into the North American market.

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  • Kirkus

    February 1, 2018
    Ntshingila's latest chronicles the past and present of a young girl suffering life's blows.Mvelo is orphaned at 14 when her mother dies of AIDS. She's also pregnant after having been raped and faces a difficult decision. It's a bleak start, but while tragic things happen, this story is not about tragedy: it is a story of how things happen and how that informs what happens next. Through shifting perspectives, Ntshingila takes readers back in time and through the lives of the people in Mvelo's life. First there's her mother, Zola, whose life at 16 takes a turn when she gives birth to Mvelo and loses her partner on the same day. There's Sipho, the man who loves them both but has his vices, and Nonceba, the ferociously strong woman he leaves them for. Through beautiful prose and rich imagery, readers step into these lives and more, connecting the dots to the present day. Taking place mostly in Durban, South Africa, the tale doesn't shy away from the reality of AIDS, poverty, or rampant sexual abuse, but instead of making those subjects its sole focus, Ntshingila folds them in with the other realities of life: love, joy, and hope.Ntshingila's lyrically wrought North American debut is a slim yet satisfying novel sure to trigger a wide range of emotions. (Fiction. 15-adult)

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  • School Library Journal

    March 1, 2018

    An in-depth look at how HIV/AIDS has impacted several generations of women in South Africa and how mothers and daughters deal with abuse, poverty, and disease while navigating parenthood. After her mother's death from HIV/AIDS, Mvelo, 14, becomes pregnant after she is raped by a visiting minister. Though she lives in extreme poverty, she finds resources and hope in unlikely mentors and benefactors. Readers will learn about the two generations of women who came before Mvelo-her life echoes many of her mother and grandmother's struggles. These well-crafted characters and their attempts to make better decisions than the previous generation will resonate with teens. VERDICT Those who appreciate realistic fiction will enjoy this novel in which young female characters learn to love themselves, no matter the circumstances.-April Sanders, Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL

    Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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