The Girl Who Smiled Beads Synopsis:
A riveting story of dislocation, survival, and the power of stories to break or save us.
Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when
When Clemantine was twelve, she and her sister were granted asylum in the United States. Here she embarked on another journey–to excavate her past and claim her individuality.
The Girl Who Smiled Beads
When I first heard about ‘The Girl Who Smiled Beads’, I knew I needed to read it. The synopsis was utterly fascinating, but also heartbreaking – and I knew that the book would draw me in, and teach a valuable lesson. This book was a beautifully written, absolutely harrowing memoir of Wamariya’s story.
The story was extremely atmospheric, which made it all the more devastating, but also profound. The fact that it was from the perspective of a child, made it all the more devastating. It was a deep, gutting and hopeful story which I would recommend to anyone.
One key part of the book which I will always go back to is the fact that Wamariya would write her name anywhere she could. On car windows, street signs etc. She would etch her name everywhere and anywhere, in hope that her parents would see it and know she was alive.
If you enjoy reading memoirs, please pick this one up.
I received this E-Arc in exchange for an honest review and would like to say thank-you to Penguin/Randomhouse for providing me with an advanced-readers-copy of this book.
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