The Girl Who Smiled Beads
The Girl Who Smiled Beads A Story of War and What Comes After By Wamariya, Clemantine Book - 2018

Author writes memoir of her and her sister’s experience during the Rwandan Civil War of the 1990s. She is a young girl; her sister a teenager. After years as refugees in Africa, they come to Chicago to re-start their lives.

The intriguing book title pulled me in; it comes from a folktale. Both girls are fierce survivors, admirable. Their American lives are such contrasts, hard for me to reconcile. Will be thinking about Claire and Clemantine for a long time.

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