Hope is Our Only Wing

Rutendo Nomsa Tavengerwei

ISBN: 9781641290722

Published: September 10, 2019

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Rutendo Nomsa Tavengerwei

Geneva, Switzerland

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Rutendo Tavengerwei’s unforgettable novel—spanning Zimbabwe and the United Kingdom—offers a beautiful and honest look at adolescence, friendship, and the capacity for courage.

For fifteen-year-old Shamiso, hope is nothing but a leap into darkness. Grief-stricken and confused after her father’s mysterious death ...

Rutendo Tavengerwei’s unforgettable novel—spanning Zimbabwe and the United Kingdom—offers a beautiful and honest look at adolescence, friendship, and the capacity for courage.

For fifteen-year-old Shamiso, hope is nothing but a leap into darkness. Grief-stricken and confused after her father’s mysterious death in a car crash, she’s shipped off to boarding school. For Tanyaradzwa, a classmate whose life has been turned upside down by a cancer diagnosis, hope is the only reason to keep fighting.

As an unexpected friendship blossoms between them, Tanyaradzwa helps Shamiso confront her grief and fear of loss. In opening herself to someone with a potentially fatal illness, Shamiso knows that she might be opening herself to more pain. Yet Tanyaradzwa is the only one who gives her the strength to ask the burning question: What really happened to her father?

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“A beautiful story of a teenage girl that has to navigate life between Zimbabwe and London. It's set against the political climate of Zimbabwe's transition from Rhodesia, but is ultimately a touching story about friendship and what it means to face your everyday fears. I can't recommend it enough!”
—The Bookseller
“Compassionate, gripping and intelligent, and I loved seeing Zimbabwe through Shamiso’s eyes. I wish there were more books around like this.”
—Emily Barr, bestselling author of The One Memory of Flora Banks
“The spare, poetic prose sneakily (and beautifully) covers so much fertile ground: Zimbabwe’s turbulent history, the sharp divisions between classes, political corruption, parental sacrifice—and of course a tough and tender friendship’s ability to hold aloft even the heaviest of hearts. ”
—Chandra Prasad, author of Damselfly