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A Girl is A Body of Water

by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

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A Girl is A Body of Water by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
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    Sep 2020, 560 pages

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In Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi's luminous second novel, a young woman comes of age in Uganda in the 1970s while searching for her missing mother.

First Impressions readers were fascinated by A Girl Is a Body of Water, a riveting and nuanced novel set in Uganda, awarding it an average score of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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Kirabo is a 'special child.' She was born with 'the original state' inside her, a consciousness going back to Ugandan origin myths. It allows her to leave her body and fly, swinging from the church steeple until, 'like a canon, she launched into the sky.' Kirabo is conflicted because her Christian upbringing tells her these powers are evil. In secret, she consults Nsuuta, the village witch. She has two requests: to lose her original state and to find her birth mother, who deserted her when she was a newborn. These conflicts propel Kirabo forward as she leaves the village for boarding school in Kampala, falls in love, and survives Idi Amin's reign of terror (Naomi B).

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