I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I have the hardest time writing reviews for the books that I love and *wow* did I love this one. When I finish a book I really enjoyed I tend to sit and think about it for too long and sometimes I let the time pass, not writing a review at all because I feel I just can't do it justice. This is exactly the predicament I have been in for the last week. A Girl is a Body of Water is a blend of Aybámi Adébáy's Stay with Me, Bianca Marais' Hum If You Don't Know the Words and If You Want to Make God Laugh, and Mariama Bâ's So Long a Letter. Kirabo is a character who will never leave me. She is smart, feisty, challenging, frustrating, and I loved her stubborn independence. I found it refreshing that author Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi did not hold my hand and go into detail to describe local phrases and traditions. Instead she drops us into a world and starts telling her story, fully immersing us in the customs, slang, and relationships among the people in the village of Nattetta in Uganda. If you are looking for a novel to transport, entertain, and educate you then you have got to grab this one. It is one of the best 2020 releases I have read and is tied with Luster by Raven Leilani for the number one spot. While this might not be the best review I've ever written or give the amount of praise I wish could heap on this novel, I hugged it when I was finished. Any true book lover knows that feeling and I can't always put that feeling into words.
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