From Publishers Weekly
Tambu, an adolescent living in colonial Rhodesia of the '60s, seizes the opportunity to leave her rural community to study at the missionary school run by her wealthy, British-educated uncle. With an uncanny and often critical self-awareness, Tambu narrates this skillful first novel by a Zimbabwe native. Like many heroes of the bildungsroman, Tambu, in addition to excelling at her curriculum, slowly reaches some painful conclusions--about her family, her proscribed role as a woman, and the inherent evils of colonization. Tambu often thinks of her mother, "who suffered from being female and poor and uneducated and black so stoically." Yet, she and her cousin, Nyasha, move increasingly farther away from their cultural heritage. At a funeral in her native village, Tambu admires the mourning of the women, "shrill, sharp, shiny, needles of sound piercing cleanly and deeply to let the anguish in, not out." In many ways, this novel becomes Tambu's keening--a resonant, eloquent tribute to the women in her life, and to their losses.
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Nervous Conditions is an absorbing page-turner that will delight the reader. --Bloomsbury Review
Dangarembga's characters are fascinating, and the issue of freedom is examined dispassionately and firmly. A unique and valuable book. --Booklist
From the first days of its publication, it was obvious that Nervous Conditions had the makings of a classic: a timeless coming-of-age tale, great lyrical narrative, unforgettable characters, and courageous. Sixteen years down the line, this notion has been amply confirmed. --Ama Ata Aidoo