Five "Must-Read" Books for Black Women
Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
Nervous Conditions is a coming of age novel that traces the lives and experiences of two girl cousins in Zimbabwe. One is the daughter of a school headmaster and the other is the daughter of a poor peasant. One girl craves education and exposure, while the other just wants to feel a sense of belonging. When I have daughters, this novel will be a must-read. Dangarembga discusses complex themes like eating disorders, which was particularly interesting to me because Africans very rarely have the privilege of experiencing things like eating disorders in literature. The novel also touches on class, white-rule, education and gender. As a history student, this really intrigued me and as an African woman, I loved reading a novel with two dynamic and different strong black girls at its forefront.