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The Girl Who Smiled Beads

The Girl Who Smiled Beads (Paperback)

By Wamariya, Clemantine
By Weil, Elizabeth

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`Sharp, moving memoir . . . Wamariya tells her own story with feeling, in vivid prose. She has remade herself, as she explains was necessary to do, on her own terms.' New York Times A riveting tale of dislocation, survival, and the power of stories to break or save us Clemantine ...Wamariya was six years old when her mother and father began to speak in whispers, when neighbours began to disappear, and when she heard the loud, ugly sounds her brother said were thunder. In 1994, she and her fifteen-year-old sister, Clare, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next six years wandering through seven African countries, searching for safety-perpetually hungry, imprisoned and abused, enduring and escaping refugee camps, finding unexpected kindness, witnessing inhuman cruelty. They did not know whether their parents were dead or alive. When Clemantine was twelve, she and her sister were granted refugee status in the United States, where she embarked on another journey, ultimately graduating from Yale. Yet the years of being treated as less than human, of going hungry and seeing death, could not be erased. She felt at the same time six years old and one hundred years old. In The Girl Who Smiled Beads, Clemantine provokes us to look beyond the label of `victim' and recognize the power of the imagination to transcend even the most profound injuries and aftershocks. Devastating yet beautiful, and bracingly original, it is a powerful testament to her commitment to constructing a life on her own terms.
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ISBN 9781786090508
Released NZ 5 Feb 2019
Publisher Cornerstone
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781786090508
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Cornerstone
Imprint Windmill Books
Released 5 Feb 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Wamariya, Clemantine
By Weil, Elizabeth
Category True Stories Of Endurance & Survival
African History
Refugees & Political Asylum
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 18mm
Dewey Code 967.5710431092
Weight 202g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Women refugees - Biography - Rwanda, Refugees - Biography - Rwanda, Rwandans - Biography - United States, Rwanda - History - Civil War, 1994
NBS Text True Stories
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly