The girl who smiled beads: A Story of War and What Comes After

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "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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subject_facet Autobiographies
Refugees -- Biography
Rwanda -- History -- Civil War, 1994 -- Refugees
Wamariya, Clemantine
title_display The girl who smiled beads : a story of war and what comes after
title_full The Girl Who Smiled Beads A Story of War and What Comes After
The girl who smiled beads : a story of war and what comes after / Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil
title_short The girl who smiled beads :
title_sub A Story of War and What Comes After
topic_facet Biography
Biography & Autobiography
History
Nonfiction
Refugees
Sociology
Wamariya, Clemantine