The Born Frees: Writing with the Girls of Gugulethu

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.7 X 1.3 X 8.3 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author
Kimberly Burge is a journalist based in Washington, DC.
In this compelling and personal book, Kimberly Burge takes us deep inside the hearts and minds of a group of extraordinary young women whose struggles and courage epitomize what South Africa is like today.--Jim Wallis, New York Times bestselling author of The (Un)Common Good and president of Sojourners
Such a warm book, full of brave young women you will never forget. My heart was deeply moved by their perception of their own condition, and that of the country at large.--Amana Fontanella-Khan, author of Pink Sari Revolution
Incredible and inspiring, this account belongs in every library and on every bookshelf.
An affecting portrait of post-apartheid South Africa, particularly useful for writing instructors serving at-risk constituencies.
Deftly combining memoir and sociology, journalist Burge describes her experience teaching creative writing to adolescent girls in the South African township of Gugulethu, near Cape Town, in 2010.... Through [these] stories, readers will understand what life is like for many young women in South Africa.... This is a troubling but inspiring read.
[S]earing, close-up personal stories of teenage girls in a writing club.... [T]he individual profiles are rooted in harsh daily lives that spell out the heartbreak and the hope of what some have called a discarded generation...will make a strong connection with YA readers.