The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes Afterby Clemantine Wamariya, Elizabeth Weil
Published by Crown Publishing Group on April 24, 2018
Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction
“The Girl Who Smiled Beads” is a memoir about a young girl who survived the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
The plot shifts from past and present while we get a glimpse of Clemantine’s experience as a refugee in Africa and the US. This type of narrative style usually works for me but it felt a little disjointed with this one. I think chronological order would have made this particular book easier to follow.
I also (shamefully) admit that I had no previous knowledge of this war and it’s impact, which might explain why I was expecting more historical background as well.
Regardless, the book still felt authentic and necessary. Personal stories such as this need to be heard and Clemantine’s account is an important one that should be told.
This book was used for prompt #28: A nonfiction book, in the BOTM Book Club Summer 2019 Challenge
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: