The Girl Who Smiled Beads - Clemantine Wamariya & Elizabeth Weil

The Girl Who Smiled Beads

By Clemantine Wamariya & Elizabeth Weil

  • Release Date: 2018-04-24
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
We rated this book with: 5/5 stars

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“The plot provided by the universe was filled with starvation, war and rape. I would not—could not—live in that tale.”

 
Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when her mother and father began to speak in whispers, when neighbors 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, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next six years migrating 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; there, in Chicago, their lives diverged. Though their bond remained unbreakable, Claire, who had for so long protected and provided for Clemantine, was a single mother struggling to make ends meet, while Clemantine was taken in by a family who raised her as their own. She seemed to live the American dream: attending private school, taking up cheerleading, and, 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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  • The Girl Who Smiled Beads

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    By seeslover
    A wonderful story about a trying journey through dangerous war times by two young, courageous girls. This gives quite a perspective into the anguish and hardships these children faced and the devastating scars left, even after safety was found. What remarkable life experiences and coping mechanisms these two sisters utilized to survive. Thank you for sharing your life story with me. It has opened my eyes.

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