The girl who smiled beads : a story of war and what comes after (Book, 2018) [WorldCat.org]
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The girl who smiled beads : a story of war and what comes after

Author: Clemantine Wamariya; Elizabeth Weil
Publisher: New York : Crown, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiography
Nonfiction
Autobiographies
Personal narratives
Biographies
History
Biography
Récits personnels
Named Person: Clemantine Wamariya
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Clemantine Wamariya; Elizabeth Weil
ISBN: 9780451495327 0451495322 9780525574378 0525574379 0451495349 9780451495341 9780780443969 0780443969 9780385687003 0385687001
OCLC Number: 1001307330
Description: 274 pages : map ; 22 cm
Other Titles: Story of war and what comes after
Responsibility: Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil.
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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 this memoir, 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.

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