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All That It Ever Meant (Hardcover)

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This book blew me away! What an amazing character Meticais is, with outrageous fashion and a ganky pipe. They seem to be there to help Mati cope with the loss of her mother. The whole family struggles and they embark on a trip to Zimbabwe where the parents are from. Drawn into the story by the fantastic writing, I was not prepared for the ending that I never saw coming. Great realistic literature!

— Jamie


Family, grief, ghosts, and a mystery: this clever and compelling young adult novel heralds a masterful new voice from Zimbabwe.

Mati’s family is reeling from the death of Mati’s mother. Her Baba has drawn into himself, her sister Chichi is rebelling, and her young brother Tana is desperate for love and normalcy.When Chichi pulls her worst stunt yet, Baba uproots the family from their home in England for an extended camping holiday in their native Zimbabwe. Along for the trip is Meticais, a fabulously attired gender-neutral spirit—or ghost? or imaginary friend?—who only Mati can see and converse with. Guided by Meticais’s enigmatic advice and wisdom, Mati must come to terms with her grief and with the difficulty of living between two cultures, while the family must learn to forge their way in a world without their monumental mother.Full of captivating characters and stunning plot twists, All That It Ever Meant delivers a nuanced and unforgettable story of grief, love, and family.

About the Author

Blessing Musariri is an award-winning author of short stories, children’s stories, radio and screenplays, and contemporary adult fiction. Her work has also been published by the Guardian, Granta, and Poetry International. She lives in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781324030959
ISBN-10: 132403095X
Publisher: Norton Young Readers
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2023
Pages: 192
Language: English