The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya
Review by Brenda
I don’t normally read biographies and seems to shy away from them but with all the high rating and reviews from my Traveling Sisters and Friends I finally along with Susanne dived into this one. I am really glad I did.
I went into this one not knowing much about the Rwandan genocide and Clemantine Wamariya really opened my eyes up to the reality of these horrific events and what it was like escaping those events. The story goes back and forth in time and at times I found it confusing and I struggled a bit with following the story. A good part of the story is Clementine and her sister’s journey, struggles and how they adapted from one environment to other. I could feel their struggles to stay alive, fight to stay clean and healthy and never giving up on that even when she was so tired of it all.
I really appreciated how open and honest the story was written and I could feel Clementine’s anger and bitterness as she tried to escape her past never looking for sympathy but just wanting to find her place and feel and be treated like a human after witnessing such inhuman cruelty and conditions.
I highly recommend this very emotionally and honest story of two sisters struggling to find their way through such horrible conditions from refugee camp to another and finally come to be reunited with their parents.
Thank you to NetGalley and Crown Publishing for a copy to read and review
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Wonderful review Brenda! 💜
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Thank you, Lindsay!
Fantastic review. I’ve been avoiding reading this one because I think it’ll be so gut-wrenching (terrible reasoning, I know) but your review really makes it sound must-read.
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Thank you! I think it was so well done that it makes it easier on those gut-wrenching moments. I really hope you get the chance to read it!
Great review Brenda. I worked with a couple who both survived separately and brought several nieces and nephews over to Canada to raise as their own. Very strong and loving people.
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