A Girl Is a Body of Water

DUE IN SEPTEMBER: “Promise me you will pass on the story of the first woman...Stories are critical...The minute we fall silent, someone will fill the silence for us.” Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi seems to follow this counsel of her character Nsuuta in telling us the stories of Kirabo and the women around her. Stories of strength, myth, tradition, suffering, and sacrifice. As Kirabo grows into womanhood in late 20th-century Uganda, she learns directly and indirectly from numerous women, navigating the intersection of tradition and change, and myriad emotions, to arrive at a place of peace. A Girl is a Body of Water is richly satisfying and ultimately joyful. Only rarely do I read passages that strike me enough that I mark pages so as not to lose them. This is one book where I did. Recommended by Nancy

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ISBN: 9781951142049
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Published: Tin House Books - September 1st, 2020

A Lit Hub Most Anticipated Book of 2020

International-award-winning author Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s novel is a sweeping and powerful portrait of a young girl and her family: who they are, what history has taken from them, and—most importantly—how they find their way back to each other.