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After the Rains

After the Rains

Author(s): Emily Barroso

Location(s): Zimbabwe (Rhodesia)

Genre(s): Fiction, Young Adult

Era(s): Late 20th Century



After the Rains is an adventurous, dramatic coming of age novel set in post-colonial Rhodesia that parallels the coming of age of fictional Jayne Cameron with that of post-colonial Rhodesia as it morphs into the free Zimbabwe. This is an intimate novel, told in the first person, of a young, spirited girl. It is set against a vast backdrop of the upheaval and tragedy of an African war, in which a girl battles to make sense of her life during the complexities of her time. The novel has universal appeal with its themes of land, loss, longing and redemption and the ability of the human spirit to overcome great odds. After the Rains This is a powerful, gripping read that is ultimately redemptive for Jayne, written by an author whose own early life was affected by similar themes. Emily Barroso has been compared to writers such as Alexandra Fuller (Don’t Let’s Go To the Dogs Tonight).

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Diverse, serious, heart rending, humourous, scary, lovely…simply put, a good, engrossing and informative read – FV1947 –

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