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The great Ugandan novel you didn’t know you were waiting for

By Allison Kooser

We are still thinking about A Long Way Gone, the book we read together in October. In a season when so much feels uncertain and difficult, we were particularly struck by this powerful reminder: "If you are alive, there is hope for a better day and something good to happen."

This month, we are reading a book that book critic Aaron Bady of The New Inquiry described as "a masterpiece, an absolute gem, the great Ugandan novel you didn't know you were waiting for."

Join us as we read Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi.

Kintu is a modern epic that "reimagines the history of Uganda through the cursed bloodline of the Kintu clan." Spanning generations, the book dives into the Ugandan experience and opens readers' eyes to centuries of African history.

"Some authors set the bar high with their first work," wrote the Iowa Gazette. "Then there are authors like Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi whose first novel succeeds on such a stratospheric level it's nearly impossible to imagine—or wait for—what she'll write next."

We are excited to explore this powerful, beautiful book.

Can't wait to read with you!

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