We Kiss Them With Rain

We Kiss Them With Rain

by Futhi Ntshingila


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Selected as a 2019 Outstanding International Book by the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY)

Ntshingila's lyrically wrought North American debut is a slim yet satisfying novel sure to trigger a wide range of emotions."Kirkus, starred review

"It is a story about joy and hope and courage, and what it means to lift up others and be lifted oneself, and how one young girl found her voice in a world seemingly determined to take it away."Shelf Awareness, starred review

The terrible thing that steals 14-year-old Mvelo’s song leads to startling revelations and unexpected opportunities.

Life wasn’t always this hard for 14-year-old Mvelo. There were good times living with her mother and her mother's boyfriend. Now her mother is dying of AIDS and what happened to Mvelo is the elephant in the room, despite its growing presence in their small shack. In this Shakespeare-style comedy, the things that seem to be are only a façade and the things that are revealed hand Mvelo a golden opportunity to change her fate. We Kiss Them With Rain explores both humor and tragedy in this modern-day fairy tale set in a squatter camp outside of Durban, South Africa.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946395047
Publisher: Catalyst Press
Publication date: 03/13/2018
Pages: 172
Sales rank: 359,325
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Age Range: 16 Years

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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“Ntshingila spins a contemporary tale that moves across a generation, carving real lives from the broad African diasporic experience. Ntshingila takes what you think you know about Africa’s AIDS epidemic and gives it a face, a body, and a voice. We Kiss Them With Rain is a difficult but joyful meditation on one girl’s perseverance and ultimate triumph.” –Cole Lavalais, author Summer of the Cicadas

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