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The Girl Who Smiled Beads

A STORY OF WAR AND WHAT COMES AFTER
Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: 04/24/2018
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-451-49532-7
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“Extraordinary and heart-rending. Wamariya is as fiercely talented as she is courageous.”
—Junot Díaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao


It was 1994 and Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when she and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre. They would spend the next six years migrating through seven African countries, searching for safety—enduring and escaping refugee camps, finding unexpected kindness, witnessing inhuman cruelty. It was not until she was twelve that she and her sister were granted refugee status in the United States. In this devastating, bracing original book, 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.
 
“Clemantine Wamariya has written a defining, luminescent memoir that shines a sharp light on the dark forces that roil our age. If you read this book—and once you read the first page, you will not put it down - you will never think about political violence, displacement, or the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship the same way again.
Samantha Power, author of “A Problem from Hell” Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School


“A powerful record of the refugee experience... [with] moments of potent self-reckoning.”
Kirkus Reviews

“In her prose as in her life, Wamariya is brave, intelligent, and generous. Sliding easily between past and present, this memoir is a soulful, searing story about how families survive.”
—Booklist

 
Clemantine Wamariya is a storyteller and human rights advocate. Born in Kigali, Rwanda, displaced by conflict, Clemantine migrated throughout seven African countries as a child. At age twelve, she was granted refugee status in the United States and went on to receive a BA in Comparative Literature from Yale University. She lives in San Francisco. Elizabeth Weil is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine.
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Clemantine Wamariya is a storyteller and human rights advocate. Born in Kigali, Rwanda, displaced by conflict, Clemantine migrated throughout seven African countries as a child. At age twelve, she was granted refugee status in the United States and went on to receive a BA in Comparative Literature from Yale University. She lives in San Francisco.

Elizabeth Weil is a writer-at-large for The New York Times Magazine, a contributing editor to Outside magazine, and writes frequently for Vogue and other publications. She is the recipient of a New York Press Club Award for her feature reporting, a Lowell Thomas Award for her travel writing, and a GLAAD Award for her coverage of LGBT issues. In addition, her work has been a finalist for a National Magazine Award, a James Beard Award, and a Dart Award for coverage of trauma. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two daughters.