Winner of the Jhalak Prize
At once epic and deeply personal, the second novel from prize-winning author Jennifer Makumbi is an intoxicating mix of Ugandan folklore and modern feminism that will linger in the memory long after the final page.
Jennifer Makumbi is a genius storyteller ~ Reni Eddo-Lodge
This is a book about the stories that define us, and those we tell to redefine ourselves… A riveting read ~ Maaza Mengiste, author of The Shadow King
With wry wisdom, great humor, and deep complexity, Makumbi has created a feminist coming-of-age classic for the ages ~ Namwali Serpell, author of The Old Drift
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The First Woman by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
As Kirabo enters her teens, questions begin to gnaw at her – questions which the adults in her life will do anything to ignore. Where is the mother she has never known? And why would she choose to leave her daughter behind? Inquisitive, headstrong, and unwilling to take no for an answer, Kirabo sets out to find the truth for herself.
Her search will take her away from the safety of her prosperous Ugandan family, plunging her into a very different world of magic, tradition, and the haunting legend of ‘The First Woman’.