A Girl is A Body of Water Audiobook, by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi Play Audiobook Sample

A Girl is A Body of Water Audiobook

A Girl is A Body of Water Audiobook, by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Tovah Ott Publisher: Brilliance Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 9.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 7.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: September 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781713530701

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Longest Chapter Length:

36:05 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

02:58 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

17:09 minutes

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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.

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.

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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



  • “A magnificent blend of Ugandan folklore and more modern notions of feminism. . . . This book is a jewel.”- Kirkus, Starred Review

  • This beautifully rendered saga is a riveting deconstruction of social perceptions of women’s abilities and roles.”- Publishers Weekly

  • In A Girl is a Body of Water Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi takes the classic male quest for identity and turns it spectacularly on its head. Kirabo’s journey toward self-possession is a beautiful, wise, and exhilarating read.”- Lily King, author of Writers & Lovers

  • A wonder―as clear, vivid, moving, powerful, and captivatingly unpredictable as water itself.”- Namwali Serpell, author of The Old Drift

  • 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

  • Makumbi writes with the assurance and wry omniscience of an easygoing deity.”- The New York Times

  • Ugandan literature can boast of an international superstar in Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi.”- The Economist

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