Waiting: A Novel of Ugandaís Hidden War
By Goretti Kyomuhendo
The Feminist Press at CUNY 2007
Set during the final year of Ugandan dictator Idi Aminís reign, this book illuminates the fear and courage of a small, close-knit community uncertain of what the edicts of a lunatic and his uncontrollable army will bring with each day. As Aminís war with Ugandan exiles and the Tanzanian army ends, one family learns what it takes to survive and eventually to plan for a new life. Author Goretti Kyomuhendo won the Uganda National Literary Award for Best Novel of the Year in 1999. She currently directs FEMRITE, a womenís publishing house in Uganda.
13-year-old Alinda’s first-person recollections of the dangerous last year of Idi Amin’s rule in Uganda. As the front of rebel-versus-Amin fighting approaches her village, Alinda’s mother is about to give birth. Rampaging soldiers reach the village and kill the midwife just as a son is born. Alinda must cut the cord. She must tend the baby, too, for as she obliquely imparts later, her mother dies.— Booklist