The Girl Who Smiled Beads

The Girl Who Smiled Beads

A Story of War and What Comes After

eBook - 2018
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Publisher: New York : Doubleday Canada, 2018
ISBN: 9780385687010
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Jan 12, 2020

Rwandan genocide memoir. Great reviews. Short.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Oct 28, 2019

Powerful memoir of a woman who survived the Rwandan genocide when she was a young girl. This one will stick with me.

Oct 26, 2019

I have wondered how people who survived Rwanda and who survive being in refugee camps go on with their lives. This book answered my questions. I was exhausted while reading about her walking, walking, walking, through all these countries. I was hungry while they went days without eating, thirsty when they had no water. I didn't even want to imagine the open sewers, being treated like less nothing.
I couldn't imagine what it was like to go to a completely different country and try to fit in and act like nothing happened so as to keep her place in a home and a school so that she would have a roof over her head and not be hungry again. Her introspections will help me learn about myself.
She and her sister's journey and survival are amazing and will help me get through whatever I need to get through day by day, year by year.
I thank her for sharing her story and wish everyone who makes decisions about invading countries would read this book.

Mar 05, 2019

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.

BPLpicks Jan 21, 2019

Clemantine was just six when she and her 15-year old sister were forced to flee the massacre in Rwanda; they were displaced throughout Africa for six years until they attained refugee status in the USA. Clemantine's story is harrowing, perhaps more so because we see these experiences through the eyes of a child who does not fully understand the events she is caught in. I found this book hard to put down; I was invested in Clemantine’s journey and its effects on her life in the USA and admired her honesty, strength and insight.

ArapahoeKati Dec 26, 2018

Devastating. Beautiful. Heartbreaking. Unputdownable. Must read if you like memoirs.

Dec 02, 2018

I loved getting to know Clemantine Wamariya through her autobiograpical book. Through this heart wrenching depiction of her life story Wamariya leaves herself vulnerable by sharing her true self with the world. This book is a gift.

At the same time there are no words to describe how saddened I am at the horrific childhood this woman had. One of so, so many people are subject to this experience. How could this be someone's true story? How can the world become a better place for everyone?

Nov 02, 2018

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Oct 30, 2018

It’s not an easy subject to write and review about. What can you really say about it when it’s filled with tragedy, mass displacement, and human suffering. It’s definitely an eye opener and if you’re wanting a book to read and discuss this would be an ideal one.

What is prevalent all throughout the novel is Clemantine’s feeling of displacement and how she’s not really entire ‘whole’ or she’s never really had a place to call ‘home’ considering all she’s been through. She’s gone through various countries through Africa only to be displaced time after time. It’s emotionally jarring and to even think that Clemantine was only a child during this period would be traumatizing to any child exposed to this world.

I find the book interesting and shows how her behavior is like once she moves to the US. Clemantine constantly seeks new opportunities but it feels as if she’s doing so to learn more about herself or to constantly fill herself so she can feel wholesome. Every time she accomplishes something, she goes out to do more. It’s never ending. It’s an admirable trait if you look from another perspective but if you don’t know her real background, you would assume she’s a normal, overachieving teenager.

Claire’s strength is admirable throughout the story. Despite all the chaos going around her, she is constantly trying to improve so she can get out with Clemantine. The sad part is, because of what was happening around them, they didn’t really have the chance to be actual sisters. Claire looked out for everyone, Clemantine stayed home and held the fort.

No matter how hard you try you can’t really put yourself in their perspective. You can’t really know how it is until you’re actually there experiencing it too (and no one wants that obviously) you can only wish Clemantine and her family will continue to lead on successful and fulfilling lives like they rightly deserve just like everyone else.

Sep 30, 2018

Excellent read. A horrific story without all the horrible details. It sure gives you an appreciation of her/their story.

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