Academic journal article African Studies Review

Waiting: A Novel of Uganda at War

Academic journal article African Studies Review

Waiting: A Novel of Uganda at War

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Goretti Kyomuhendo. Waiting: A Novel of Uganda at War. New York: The Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 2007. The Women Writing Africa series. 127 pp, Afterword, Notes. Works Cited. $13,95, Paper.

Within the last ten years, Goretti Kyomuhendo has established herself as an emerging female voice from Uganda. She has published three novels-The First Daughter (1996), secrets No More (1999) and Whispers of Vera (2002)-as well as two novels for children-Different Worlds (1998) and Hare and the King's Crow (2006). However, these books have all been published in Uganda and are not readily available outside that country. Waiting is her fourth novel, the first to be published in the United States. Before 1985, only three women writers had published creative writing in Uganda. The early 1990s, however, saw the emergence of women's writing in Uganda under the auspices of FEMRITE Publications Ltd. (of which Kyomuhendo is a founding member and currently the program coordinator), an indigenous, nonprofit association that grew out of the Ugandan Women Writers Association and was born of the need to organize women literary writers nationally and internationally. FEMRITE has contributed significantly to the expansion of the Ugandan women's literary corpus by advocating for women writers and for increased women's literacy programs that feature literature generated from local communities. Simultaneously it has sought to encourage a positive portrayal of women by collecting and disseminating information on gender-related issues and by promoting gender-sensitive literature. Since its inception in 1997, FEMRITE has published eight novels (including Kyomuhendo's secrets No More, which won the Uganda Literary Award for Best Novel), two anthologies of short stories, two collections of poetry, and one collection of life stories.

In Waiting, Goretti Kyomuhendo speaks through the voice of a thirteen-year-old girl, Alinda, during the last days of the dictatorial regime of Idi Amin. Set in a rural village in western Uganda, the story depicts how this community struggles to keep alive while the remnants of Amin's armed forces use their village as a passageway to escape from the liberation forces tracking them down. …

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