Nature Lessons by Lynette Brasfield
A Novel

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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.
 

About Lynette Brasfield

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Lynette Brashfield 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.
 
Published October 22, 2013 by St. Martin's Press. 293 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Starting in 1995 and moving back to the ’60s and ’70s, the story begins as Kate, working in Ohio, receives a letter from her mother, Agatha, saying that she has cancer and wants to see her.

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Kate Jensen proves to be a wry, engaging narrator, and Brasfield deftly introduces Jensen's doubts about her own mental health as her mother's mindset becomes an issue in the search for her.

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