Join the Pop Picks Book Group for a discussion of The Barefoot Woman by Scholastique Mukasonga.
"The Barefoot Woman is Scholastique Mukasonga's loving, funny, devastating tribute to her mother Stefania, a tireless protector of her children, a keeper of Rwandan tradition even in the cruelest and bleakest of exiles, a sage, a wit, and in the end a victim, like almost the entire family, of the Rwandan genocide. But it's also a wry, sharp-eyed portrait of the world her mother lived in, from its humblest commonplaces (beer, sorghum, bread) to its deepest horror (rape, murder, unimaginable loss). In a telling both affectionate and haunted, Mukasonga sinks her feet into this dense 'land of stories'. Each step, each verse of her careful lament carries both of the weight of her mourning and the fortitude of the myriad silenced voices she speaks for. Whether describing the dry, cracked layers of mud on her mother's feet, or the stretch marks that line strong legs, Mukasonga follows the threaded rivulet of her mother's pulsing memory." - from the inside cover of the edition by Archipelago Books
Copies can be found at the Circulation Desk in the Popular Library at the Harold Washington Library Center.
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