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This Thing Called the Future by J.L. Powers
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Jul 21, 2011

really liked it
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Read in July, 2011

Set in South Africa, told from a teen's perspective as she treads between childhood and maturity. There is a nice blend of traditional custom vs. modernity within the narrator's family. At times, this is a stomach turning read, mostly due to the way young girls are prey to aggressive men, and the rampant spread of AIDS, even amongst married/partnered women and girls. It is sad watching the narrator (who is sweetly innocent and really just a kid) have to navigate through all the terrible situations her family and community become engulfed in.

It's from Cinco Puntos, a smaller press. I was given this by a fellow librarian--hope that this gets read and added to libraries.
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