Rutendo Nomsa Tavengerwei grew up in Zimbabwe before moving to South Africa to study Law. One of her greatest influences in writing remains her father, who tutored her from the age of nine, teaching her how to write and how to play around with language when telling a story. Rutendo currently works and lives in Geneva, Switzerland. Hope Is Our Only Wing is her debut novel.
For fifteen-year-old Shamiso, hope is nothing but a leap into darkness. Fragile and confused after her father’s mysterious death in a car crash, she’s shipped off to boarding school. For Tanyaradzwa, a classmate whose life has been turned upside down by a cancer diagnosis,hope is the only reason to keep fighting.
As an unexpected friendship blossoms between them, Tanyaradzwa’s helps Shamiso to confront her grief and fear of loss. In opening herself to someone with a fatal illness, Shamiso knows that she might be opening herself to more pain. Yet Tanyaradzwa is the only one who gives her the strength to ask the burning question: What really happened to her father?
Rutendo Tavengerwei’s unforgettable novel offers a beautiful and honest look at adolescence, friendship, and the capacity for courage.
A powerful #OwnVoices YA debut from a Zimbaewan author which met with astounding critical acclaim upon its UK release. Outreach to African and African-American media, as well as traditional YA media, pointing to how this modern classic explores finding hope admist exceptional grief and heartbreak. Few YA novels comes out of Africa written by Africans, this is a unique oppurtunity for media. Strong blurb potential from both celebrated African writers as well as YA luminaries.
On Sale Date: September 10, 2019 – Soho Teen