We Kiss Them With Rain is Futhi Ntshingila's debut novel in North America.
This coming-of-age story uses a comedy-style plot where individual identities are hidden from each other and offer a believable and hopeful outcome for Mvelo, the protagonist, whose story starts with tragedy but ends with joy.
The book is set in modern-day South Africa. Startling humor is laced throughout this compelling book, which offers readers an insider look at the problems of poverty and HIV-AIDS that plague this part of the world.
Literary fiction that features strong female characters who seek to empower themselves despite life circumstances that could destroy them.
Though intended for adults, a great crossover read for mature teens.
Great choice for a City Reads program.
We Kiss Them With Rain was translated into Portuguese and published by Brazilian publisher Dublinense in June 2016 to critical acclaim and has already gone into a second printing.
Ntshingila is currently translating the novel into her native Zulu, which will be released in South Africa in 2017.