What kind of book is the girl who smiled beads?
In The Girl Who Smiled Beads, an Astonishing Memoir of Childhood as a Rwandan Refugee. After a childhood as a motherless Rwandan refugee, Clemantine Wamariya found safety and success in the U.S. But hers is not, she insists, a feel-good story. Here is an excerpt from her remarkable memoir.
How old was Clementine in the girl who smiled beads?
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.
Was Clemantine Wamariya a Tutsi?
Clemantine Wamariya (born 1988) is a Rwandan-American author, speaker, and human rights activist. Born into a Tutsi family, she was forced to leave her home in Kigali and her parents at the age of six due to the Rwandan Genocide.
Where does the girl who smiled beads take place?
In her sharp, moving memoir, “The Girl Who Smiled Beads,” Wamariya and her co-author, Elizabeth Weil, a writer at large for The Times Magazine, describe Wamariya’s idyllic early childhood in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, and the madness that followed with an analytic eye and, at times, a lyrical honesty.