A Girl Is a Body of Water

A Girl Is a Body of Water

In her twelfth year, Kirabo, a young Ugandan girl, confronts a piercing question that has haunted her childhood: who is my mother? Kirabo has been raised by women in the small village of Nattetta—her grandmother, her best friend, and her many aunts, but the absence of her mother follows her like a shadow. Complicating these feelings of abandonment, as Kirabo comes of age she feels the emergence of a mysterious second self, a headstrong and confusing force inside her at odds with her sweet and obedient nature.

Seeking answers, Kirabo begins spending afternoons with Nsuuta, a local witch, trading stories and learning not only about this force inside her, but about the woman who birthed her, who she learns is alive but not ready to meet. Nsuuta also explains that Kirabo has a streak of the “first woman”—an independent, original state that has been all but lost to women.

Kirabo’s journey to reconcile her rebellious origins, alongside her desire to reconnect with her mother and to honor her family’s expectations, is rich in the folklore of Uganda and an arresting exploration of what it means to be a modern girl in a world that seems determined to silence women. Makumbi’s unforgettable novel is a sweeping testament to the true and lasting connections between history, tradition, family, friends, and the promise of a different future.

Title:A Girl Is a Body of Water
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781951142049
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  • Nenia ?? Socially Awkward Trash Panda ?? Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestI am such a sucker for epic sagas that follow someone's growth over time, so when I realized that A GIRL IS A BODY OF WATER was such a story r...

  • Fran

    The ancients claimed women could not share land wealth. "They claimed that the very first woman rose out of the sea while the first man emerged from earth...both women and the sea were baffling...wate...

  • Marchpane

    Why penned hens peck each other‘My grandmothers called it kweluma. That is when oppressed people turn on each other or on themselves and bite. It is as a form of relief. If you cannot bite your oppr...

  • BookOfCinz

    This is my first book by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and it definitely will not be my last If you are looking for a book set in Uganda during the 1970s with a strong female protagonist, this book is i...

  • Emer (A Little Haze)

    The First Woman is an interesting, if sometimes inaccessible, read about the role of women in Ugandan society. Stories are critical, Kirabo,’ she added thoughtfully. ‘The minute we fall silent,...

  • Jill

    A Girl is a Body of Water, at its core, is a journey of girlhood into womanhood and introduces an array of characters: witches, wicked stepmothers, envious BFFs, striving feminists, obedient wives, ab...

  • Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)

    I read Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s Kintu a while ago with my Read Around the World Bookclub and really liked it. The author is from Uganda but now lives in Manchester but both Kintu and her new nov...

  • Lou

    In her twelfth year, Kirabo, a young Ugandan girl, confronts a piercing question that has haunted her childhood: who is my mother? Kirabo has been raised by women in the small village of Nattetta—he...

  • Sasha (bahareads)

    A Girl is a Body of Water was such a beautiful tangled family history. The coming together and weaving of narrative and storyline were brilliant. As a reader, you get to experience Uganda during the...

  • Carol

    This review is of what may be a pre-final-edited-version of this book provided to me via Net Galley.A Girl is a Body of Water by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi is essentially a coming-of-age story set in ...