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Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi: The First Woman


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Winner of the Jhalak Prize, 2021,Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction 2021 and Longlisted for the Diverse Book Awards, 2021

Jennifer Makumbi has written a sweeping tale of longing and rebellion, at once epic and deeply personal, steeped in an intoxicating mix of ancient Ugandan folklore and modern feminism, that will linger in the memory long after the final page.

In Jennifer Makumbi, we have a giant of literature living among us.’ – Peter Kalu, Jhalak Prize Judge

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Synopsis: For one young girl, discovering what it means to become a woman in a family, a community and a country determined to silence her will take all the courage she has.

Growing up in a small Ugandan village, Kirabo is surrounded by powerful women. Her grandmother, her aunts, her friends and cousins are all desperate for her to conform, but Kirabo is inquisitive, headstrong and determined. Up until now, she has been perfectly content with her life at the heart of this prosperous extended family, but as she enters her teenage years, she begins to feel the absence of the mother she has never known. The First Woman follows Kirabo on her journey to becoming a young woman and finding her place in the world, as her country is transformed by the bloody dictatorship of Idi Amin.

Author: Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
Title: The First Woman
Publisher: Oneworld
ISBN: 9781786078582
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Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448

Age: 16+


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