The Girl Who Smiled Beads

A Story of War and What Comes After
Awards:2019-Winner-Alex Award,
2019-NonFiction-Longlist-Andrew Carnegie Medal,
New York Times Bestseller
Original Publish Date: Apr 24, 2018
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (9.00 hours)
Product Number: Z100128314
Released: Apr 24, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780525526315
Narrator/s: Robin Miles
Publisher: Books on Tape
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "The plot provided by the universe was filled with starvation, war and rape. I would not—could not—live in that tale." Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when her mother and father began to speak in whispers, when neighbors began to disappear, and when she heard the loud, ugly sounds her brother said were thunder. In 1994, she and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next six years migrating through seven African countries, searching for safety—perpetually hungry, imprisoned and abused, enduring and escaping refugee camps, finding unexpected kindness, witnessing inhuman cruelty. They did not know whether their parents were dead or alive. When Clemantine was twelve, she and her sister were granted refugee status in the United States; there, in Chicago, their lives diverged. Though their bond remained unbreakable, Claire, who had for so long protected and provided for Clemantine, was a single mother struggling to make ends meet, while Clemantine was taken in by a family who raised her as their own. She seemed to live the American dream: attending private school, taking up cheerleading, and, ultimately, graduating from Yale. Yet the years of being treated as less than human, of going hungry and seeing death, could not be erased. She felt at the same time six years old and one hundred years old. In The Girl Who Smiled Beads, 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. Devastating yet beautiful, and bracingly original, it is a powerful testament to her commitment to constructing a life on her own terms.


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The Girl Who Smiled Beads
Product Number: BX00069545
Product Number:Z100128314
Product Number:DD36018

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Narrator(s): Robin Miles
Product Number DD36018
Released: Apr 24, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780525526285
Product Number EB00710331
Released: Apr 24, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: #9780451495341

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"This true of story of survival is told in a tender and aching style by narrator Robin Miles. She captures the wonder, pain, and confusion of two sisters, Clemantine and Claire Wanmariya, who survived the Rwandan genocide to become refugees in America. Miles moves us through the horrific anecdotes as remembered by the younger of the sisters. As Miles recounts these, her honest, bracing tone captures the disillusionment of childhood tragedy and the magnitude of loss. We are swept back and forth from the past to the present--the violence in Kigali jangles with the scene of the sisters being welcomed on the "Oprah" show. Miles shows her artistry as a performer by handling these contrasts with precision. Listen to this with a box of tissues nearby--you'll need them. M.R. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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