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Publisher Comments:

Dear Kate:

Last week I was taken from my flat and incarcerated in hospital. They say I have cancer (which is absurd-no one in our family has ever had cancer). This is your Oom Piet's doing, of course. Your uncle is afraid I will expose him as a murderer, but there it is. You can't choose your relatives.

Since you left I have told you to stay in America, thinking you were safer there, but now you will need to come and rescue me, I'm afraid.

I hope you haven't cut your lovely curls, Poppet. Your head is the wrong shape for short hair.

Love, Mother

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For years Kate Jensen has done her best not to think about the whys and hows and wherefores of her childhood, believing her past irrelevant to the person she's become. So her first reaction is to regard this letter as nothing more than one of her mother's paranoid delusions, which in recent years have passed as swiftly as a Highveld storm on a summer afternoon. But when Kate's attempts to contact her mother fail, she realizes that she will have to travel home to Durban to find her.

Set against the backdrop of her native land's troubled history, natural beauty, and complex contemporary society, Nature Lessons is the utterly absorbing story of that journey. As Kate searches for a widowed mother she has not seen in twenty-plus 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.

Leavened with humor and full of wisdom gained from a childhood where nature's lessons were all too visible to ignore, Lynette Brasfield has written a heartbreaking but ultimately affirming novel about growing up in the shadow of mental illness.

Synopsis:

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.

 
Leavened with humor and full of wisdom gained from a childhood where nature's lessons were all too visible to ignore, Lynette Brasfield has written a heartbreaking but ultimately affirming novel about growing up in the shadow of mental illness.

About the Author

Lynette Brasfield was born in Durban, South Africa, and moved to the United States in 1985. She's worked as a journalist, toy salesperson, assistant librarian, high school teacher, and public relations executive. She now lives in Southern California with her husband and two sons.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312310363
Author:
Brasfield, Lynette
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20040731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.656 in

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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.

 
Leavened with humor and full of wisdom gained from a childhood where nature's lessons were all too visible to ignore, Lynette Brasfield has written a heartbreaking but ultimately affirming novel about growing up in the shadow of mental illness.

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