The First Woman
Author: Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
9780861540266 | PB | pp. 448 | 2020 | Oneworld Publications
This is a coming-of-age feminist novel set in Uganda. Kirabo is an inquisitive child, who troubled by the absence of her mother seeks the help of a local witch.
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The First Woman is a sweeping tale of longing. An intoxicating blend of Ugandan
folklore and modern feminsm.
Kirabo is an inquisitive child. She has even more unanswered questions than other girls in the run-up to puberty, the greatest and most mysterious of which is: “Who is my mother?” In the small Ugandan village of Nattetta, nobody seems to want to tell her, least of all the grandparents who have loved and protected her throughout her life; fleeting visits from her father, Tom, who is busy making his mark in Kampala, yield no further insight. So Kirabo, already unsettled by her ability to depart her body and soar above her neighbourhood, decides to consult the village witch, Nsuuta.
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
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