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A Girl Is a Body of Water
A Girl Is a Body of Water | Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
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Award-winning author Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi's epic origin story is a beautiful and devastating portrait of a family of women: who they are, what history has taken from them, and--most importantly--how they find their way back to each other.
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Hooked_on_books
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I have such mixed feelings about this one. It tells Kirabo‘s story of searching for the mother she‘s never known while deepening her understanding of her other family ties. It is fundamentally about family, but there‘s very little plot in it and I found it hard to get into. It does have great characters and a gorgeous cover. A soft pick for me.

#ReadingAfrica2022 #Uganda

Librarybelle I like the colorful cover! 7mo
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rmaclean4
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So glad that I finally got around to reading this wonderful novel. A coming of age story in 1980's Uganda. Wonderful writing about women and how we fit into the patriarchy. I am excited to read her other novel. 4 🌟, well worth a read. I read this for #invisiblecities, #bigbooks and #bookspinbingo.

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Ozzie is my reading buddy as I tackle the last of the Great Group Reads books so I can blurb them for the website.

Soubhiville Aw, hi Ozzie! Gorgeous kitty. (edited) 1y
TiredLibrarian Nice nose smudge 👃🏿😻 1y
Bookzombie 💕🐈‍⬛ 1y
UwannaPublishme Aww! Great photo! 😻 14mo
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KatieB
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I‘m struggling to get into this book but this paragraph stopped me in my tracks. Isn‘t this the truth?

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Pinta
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82 >> Kirabo consults the “blind witch” Nsuuta, her grandmother‘s friend and rival... “Remember one thing —when it comes to persecuting women, we are most vicious to ourselves.”

326 >>”Thus, if Alikisa and Nsuuta were going to step into the terrible rest-of-their-lives called marriage, taking a best friend along was a good strategy.” Older generation of female friends plan to share a husband, contrasts Kirabo and Giibwa‘s fight over Sio.

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Pinta
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Sprawling Ugandan family saga & coming-of-age story: Kirabo raised by paternal grandparents in village of Nattetta, desperate to know her mother. Culture shock as she goes to live with father Tom in Kampala for schooling. Women as witches, women as water. Family, abandonment, female strength. Rural vs. urban, tradition vs. cultural change. Kirabo‘s stubborn strength pulls a lengthy narrative forward. Grandmothers dance naked in the rain. 2020

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Wanders.In.Stories
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‘Grandfather‘s mantra was “A girl uneducated is an oppressed wife in the making.”‘

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Bookish_Gal
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This was a new feel to a more natural way of growing up in a, more or less, deranged family stuck between tradition and modern ways. At the tender age of 13, Kirabo is thrust into a world of womanhood of questions. Who is her mother: grandmother who raised her? Aunt who looks after her? Or mother who abounded her at birth? Her story is one of determining who she is; fighting rebelliousness with wanting education. Lasting connections are everything

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Bookish_Gal
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[about the pregnant girls leaving]
You would think St. Theresa‘s, with all its ‘Us women in this together‘ stance, would be sympathetic to girls in these circumstances. Especially because throwing girls out of education ensured one thing: their babies would be born into poverty. When the girls were led out of the San to get on the school bus, Kirabo pondered. The boys who had made them pregnant would carry on as before, their lives uninterrupted

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Bookish_Gal
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I like how the book is set within different stages of Kirabos life. From a quiet existence with her grandparents in a small rural town, to living with her father and step-mom in the city. Such change in perspective. I‘m starting to get the idea of how girls are like bodies of water through all she has to go through growing up in this estranged family. About half half, and it‘s still just so fresh and easy to flow through

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Bookish_Gal
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Really enjoying this way of thinking on women. Sad to hear the story that men used that process to say they own the land because they are of the land, since women are of the water.
“How many of our stories link women to water?”

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Bookish_Gal
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Really liked this chapter, meeting a “real” witch. The same for this thought; that she is a witch because she does what she is asked not to do.

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Hooked_on_books
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After two weeks of working daily without a break (not a bad thing, just tiring), I had the urge to open my gifts, so I did! Thank you SO much, Soubhi! I love everything, and I may have squealed when I saw the tagged book. 😬 I‘m looking forward to each and every one of these. 😊

Soubhiville I‘m so glad! Happy Holidays Holly! Hug your pups for me. (I always have such fun shopping for you, and without fail find books on your TBR that I have to stack too!) 2y
Cinfhen Wonderful ♥️enjoy 2y
Hooked_on_books @Soubhiville Happy Holidays to you! Bindi tried to “help” with this photo—I had to shove her out of the way to take the picture. 🙄😆 But I‘ll hug her for you anyway. 😉 I love shopping for you, too! It‘s great to have someone to buy books for—someone I know will love receiving them as much as I do! 2y
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squirrelbrain Lovely gifts! ❤️ 2y
Librariana This looks fantastic! 🥰 What a lovely and thoughtful array of gifts and reads 😋 I'm curious about (and yes, of course have it on my physical and digital TBR) 2y
Librariana How sweet of @Soubhiville - I'm sure it's loads of fun to shop for you both, @Hooked_on_books! 2y
bnp I am just getting started on Makumbi's first book, Kintu. Hope you enjoy A girl is a body of water. 2y
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Floresj
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Good coming of age novel about a young girl in Uganda. Spanning many years and many characters, Makumbi takes the reader through a lot of events in 544 pages. It‘s a page turner and is well written. It‘s not one of my top of 2020, but good nonetheless.

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tholmz
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Really excellent and interesting and strong.

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WellReadCatLady
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560 pages of great writing! Yes it is a long read, but it is so worth it.

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bibliobliss
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"...we are our circumstances. And until we have experienced all the circumstances the world can throw at us, seen all the versions we can be, we cannot claim to know ourselves. How, then, do we start to know someone else?"

#currentlyreading #fiction #novels #recentreleases #newbooks #AfricanAmerican #folklore #family #paperbacks #readingtheworld #bookquotes #quotes #bookblurbs #blurbs

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WellReadCatLady
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The book came out today! I‘m only a few chapters in and I love it!

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Liberty
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🎉IT‘S NEW BOOK DAY!🎉 There are a TON of great books coming out today! And there are even more that I am excited about but don‘t have physical copies to photograph, including Before the Ever After, Cemetery Boys, Fangs, Having and Been Had, His Only Wife, The Lying Life of Adults, Night of the Mannequins, Fifty Words for Rain, Punching the Air, Mill Town, Daddy: Stories, Red Pill, and The Bass Rock. What are you excited to read? 📚❤️📚

Graciouswarriorprincess Transcendent Kingdom, The lying life of adults! 2y
Angeles I personally like to wait and read backlist books because I hate falling for the publisher‘s hype. The exception is the new book by Alyssa Cole because she never writes anything I don‘t ❤️ 2y
Linsy Fangs! 🧛🏻‍♀️ 2y
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bibliobliss
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• For the past few days, I've been checking the mail with sad face because of the delay in processing giveaways. This one finally arrived today and I couldn't be happier!! I was starting to think it wasn't coming. From Tin House press •

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