A Girl Is a Body of Water
"Makumbi's prose is irresistible and poignant, with remarkable wit, heart and charm--poetic and nuanced, brilliant and sly, openhearted and cunning, balancing discordant truths in wise ruminations. A Girl Is a Body of Water rewards the reader with one of the most outstanding heroines and the incredible honor of journeying by her side." --The New York Times
"A mesmerizing feminist epic." --O, the Oprah Magazine
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.
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With each new work, Makumbi cements her position as a writer of great influence in our time and for future generations.
In her characteristically page-turning and engaging style, Makumbi lays bare the complex power dynamics of patriarchy, capitalism and neocolonialism, not through academic jargon but via that most effective tool of education--storytelling. An achingly beautiful tale.--Sylvia Tamale
Ugandan literature can boast of an international superstar in Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi.
Makumbi writes with the assurance and wry omniscience of an easygoing deity.
A magnificent blend of Ugandan folklore and more modern notions of feminism. . . . This book is a jewel.
Superb. An intoxicating tale that combines mythic and modern elements to make the headiest of feminist brews.--Irenosen Okojie, author of Nudibranch
This beautifully rendered saga is a riveting deconstruction of social perceptions of women's abilities and roles.
A Girl is a Body of Water is captivating, wise, humorous and tender: Makumbi has come back stronger than ever. This is a tale about Kirabo and her family, and her place in the world as she searches for her mother and a true sense of belonging. But most of all, this is a book about the stories that define us, and those we tell to redefine ourselves. A riveting read.--Maaza Mengiste, author of The Shadow King