Nature Lessons

A Novel

Lynette Brasfield

St. Martin's Press

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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.

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Chapter One
Chagrin Falls, Ohio October 1995

A cool breeze carried the smell of fall's first fires into our half-packed living room, setting motes tumbling in a late-afternoon shaft of sunlight. Elbows on my knees and chin on my fists, I sat on a cardboard box and stared at my mother's unopened letter, which I'd propped against my stone warthog's back right leg. A South African stamp had been stuck upside down on one corner of the envelope.

I knew my mother's letter would bring news of enemies: her letters always did.

Beneath me, the box began to crumple, inch by slow

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"Nature Lessons is a striking debut. Set against the turbulent backdrop of South Africa, it is both illuminating and absorbing."
--Gail Tsukiyama, author of Dreaming Water

"Lynette Brasfield's Nature Lessons is a joy to read, a compelling story told with an uncompromising eye." --Bret Lott, author of Jewel

"Poignant, funny, and beautifully written." --Mark Mathabane, bestselling author of Kaffir Boy

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Lynette Brasfield

Lynette Brasfield 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.

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Nature Lessons
A Novel
Lynette Brasfield

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St. Martin's Press
October 2013
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ISBN: 9781466854949
ISBN10: 1466854944
288 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Griffin
July 2004
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ISBN: 9780312310363
ISBN10: 0312310366
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$18.99
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