She is Our Stupid
July 20, 2021 12:48 PM   Subscribe

'Is her husband one of us or of those places?' Of those places. 'Kdto!' They had suspected as much. The messenger gave them the address and left. Family began to look for people who knew people in Britain. Calls were made; letters were written: We have our person in this place; can you check on her and give us advice? In the end, family decided to bring Aunty Flower back home: 'Let her be mad here with us.' posted by smcg (9 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
Thanks for posting this, i wouldn't have seen it otherwise.
posted by tavella at 2:23 PM on July 20 [1 favorite]

There's a particular cadence, almost melody, to the way English is spoken in Uganda that I've always enjoyed listening to; I don't know how to explain it if you're not familiar with hearing it. But I love the way that it seems to shine through at points in Makumbi's writing, bringing the people to life.
posted by automatronic at 2:42 PM on July 20 [2 favorites]

That was lovely.
posted by showbiz_liz at 4:44 PM on July 20 [3 favorites]

I’m impressed; thanks!
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:09 PM on July 20

That was just absolutely sweet. Thank you for posting.
posted by SLC Mom at 6:20 PM on July 20

Jennifer Nasubuga Makumbi is fantastic. I am such a giant, giant fan of her novel, Kintu that I've bought it twice and given it away both times.

Her short stories (including this one) are marvelous as welll.
posted by thivaia at 9:24 PM on July 20 [3 favorites]

I think it's so sad!
posted by Omnomnom at 11:36 AM on July 21 [1 favorite]

Oh wow. What a story!
posted by limeonaire at 9:20 AM on July 22

Sweet and sad. I think I'll check out her other works, she's got a really engaging voice.
posted by Harald74 at 10:52 AM on July 22

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