A Letter for My Daughter

J. Nozipo Maraire


The book is out of print.


This first novel by a Harvard-educated Zimbabwean writer takes the form of a dramatic monologue delivered in several epistolary reminiscences by an ailing Zimbabwean mother for the benefit of her daughter, who has gone off to study at Harvard. Mostly the monologue is a meditation on "what or who is the African woman," as observed by a member of an elder African generation that fought against colonialists for independence. But the passion of the book also comes from the urge to endow and complete written language with a sense of oral gravity and vividness.


For women writers from Zimbabwe, the incubation period is over, so to speak. Renaissance women indeed, these writers are emerging from the woodwork, their artistic and creative talents fully shored up with formal academic and professional preparation. With fellow country women and writers Tsitsi Dangarembga and Yvonne Vera, Nozipo Maraire joins the rising ranks of Zimbabwean women writers with successful first novels. - Pamela]. Olubunmi Smith, World Literature Today


J. Nozipo Maraire is a Zimbabwean doctor, entrepreneur and writer.