Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
What should be an extraordinary online program would be nothing short of truly tremendous in-person, given that some of us have seen Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi read and discuss her work in front of a live audience. Originally from Uganda, presently based in London, she is the author of an earlier novel, Kintu, and book of stories, Let’s Tell This Story Properly, which have been published to high praise on at least three continents, and have garnered her a prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize along the way, among other honors. This appearance is occasioned by the U.S. publication of a bracing, soaring new novel, A Girl is a Body of Water (Tin House). Called a ‘mesmerizing feminist epic,’ by O Magazine, A Girl is a Body of Water has at its considerable heart the story of a girl who seeks to find and know a mother who has gone missing from her life since infancy.
“Makumbi’s prose is irresistible and poignant, with remarkable wit, heart and charm—poetic and nuanced, brilliant and sly, openhearted and cunning, balancing discordant truths in wise ruminations. A Girl Is a Body of Water rewards the reader with one of the most outstanding heroines and the incredible honor of journeying by her side.” —The New York Times Book Review.
“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.