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"Ugandan-born Baingana chronicles in her debut collection of linked stories the lives of three sisters growing up in Entebbe after the fall of Idi Amin. Though most of the stories take place in Africa, 'Lost in Los Angeles' follows the principal character, Christine Mugisha, as she travels to California, where she grapples with a different breed of racism than she faces in her own country. The title story, 'Tropical Fish,' follows Christine's apathetic affair with an older, affluent white man who woos her with the many perks of his money. 'A Thank-You Note' is a letter from Christine's older sister, Rosa, to an ex-lover that angrily and poignantly recounts her battle with AIDS. Baingana's characters are confined by a passivity and powerlessness (Christine likens herself to a plastic doll) rarely broken, though the collection ends on a hopeful note, as Christine rejoins her mother and sister Patti — Rosa has already died — thinking about how she 'would have to learn all over again how to live in this new old place called home.' Baingana's richly detailed stories are lush with cultural commentary. (On sale Sept. 12)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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DOREEN BAINGANA received an M.F.A. from the University of Maryland and a law degree from Makerere University in Kampala. She lives in Rockville, Maryland.

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bamboo_devi, September 16, 2008 (view all comments by bamboo_devi)
the story sounds interesting, will cometo know only when i read the book
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Shoshana, September 14, 2008 (view all comments by Shoshana)
This short story collection is comprised of stories about and narrated by three Ugandan sisters. It focuses on the youngest (and presumably most autobiographical), Christine, and various aspects of her coming of age. Themes of family strife, beliefs, and place in the world are set against the lightly sketched but very present backdrop of Idi Amin's regime. Most affecting is "A Thank-You Note," in which the harsh realities of AIDS are juxtaposed with the joy and freedom of sexuality, neither negating the other. "Questions of Home," like many other narratives of travel and culture, nicely illustrates both culture shock and the reverse culture shock of return.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780767925105
Author:
Baingana, Doreen
Publisher:
Harlem Moon
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Uganda
Subject:
Uganda Social life and customs.
Subject:
Entebbe (Uganda)
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.38x5.46x.58 in. .42 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Ugandan-born Baingana chronicles in her debut collection of linked stories the lives of three sisters growing up in Entebbe after the fall of Idi Amin. Though most of the stories take place in Africa, 'Lost in Los Angeles' follows the principal character, Christine Mugisha, as she travels to California, where she grapples with a different breed of racism than she faces in her own country. The title story, 'Tropical Fish,' follows Christine's apathetic affair with an older, affluent white man who woos her with the many perks of his money. 'A Thank-You Note' is a letter from Christine's older sister, Rosa, to an ex-lover that angrily and poignantly recounts her battle with AIDS. Baingana's characters are confined by a passivity and powerlessness (Christine likens herself to a plastic doll) rarely broken, though the collection ends on a hopeful note, as Christine rejoins her mother and sister Patti — Rosa has already died — thinking about how she 'would have to learn all over again how to live in this new old place called home.' Baingana's richly detailed stories are lush with cultural commentary. (On sale Sept. 12)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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