Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: This Thing Called The Future

We are almost done with the school week! Not only do I like Wednesdays because it means Friday is that much closer but I get to babble about books whose summaries and/or covers caught my eye. Hosted by Breaking the Spine

This Thing Called the Future
by J.L. Powers

Release Date: April 1, 2011 Khosi lives with her beloved grandmother Gogo, her little sister Zi, and her weekend mother in a matchbox house on the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. In that shantytown, it seems like somebody is dying all the time. Billboards everywhere warn of the disease of the day. Her Gogo goes to a traditional healer when there is trouble, but her mother, who works in another city and is wasting away before their eyes, refuses even to go to the doctor. She is afraid and Khosi doesn't know what it is that makes the blood come up from her choking lungs. Witchcraft? A curse? AIDS? Can Khosi take her to the doctor? Gogo asks. No, says Mama, Khosi must stay in school. Only education will save Khosi and Zi from the poverty and ignorance of the old Zulu ways. School, though, is not bad. There is a boy her own age there, Little Man Ncobo, and she loves the color of his skin, so much darker than her own, and his blue-black lips, but he mocks her when a witch's curse, her mother's wasting sorrow, and a neighbor's accusations send her and Gogo scrambling off to the sangoma's hut in search of a healing potion.

This story sounds very unique. Most likely it's going to be a tough read since it covers HIV-AIDS but since I'm all for becoming a global citizen, I'm eager to learn about South Africa (the extent of my knowledge would be basic apartheid facts and that they hosted the World Cup last year). A bit of magic or perhaps magical realism will bring in a bit of a creepy factor. The cover is interesting, I really want to know who the woman in the black-and-white photo is!

What are you waiting on this week? Or what are you currently reading that everyone should know about?