In her fiction debut, Doreen Baingana follows a Ugandan girl as she navigates the uncertain terrain of adolescence. Set mostly in pastoral Entebbe with stops in . Tropical Fish has ratings and 48 reviews. Marie said: I wish I read Doreen’s book back in high school. Tropical Fish is an easy and entertaining read. Doreen Baingana is a Ugandan short story writer. Her book, Tropical Fish won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, best first book, Africa, and an AWP Short .

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I just wish Baingana had a billion other books for me to read. I think this personalization allows a connection with characters, allowing introspection about stereotypes and cultures, that wouldn’t develop if the author tried to make more general statements.

Her voice choked with tears. It’s about 3 girls growing up in Uganda Christine recounts her story of the things that fascinate her as a child.

Doreen Baingana (Author of Tropical Fish)

Refresh and try again. We see her journey through teenage, school, dating, interracial relationships in a Least Developed Country, moving to a new country, adapting to new norms and cultures, and then having to finally move back to her home.

Hunger — Patti is the less exuberant of the three sisters. Lost in Los Angeles finds Christine in the United States where she tries to lay claim to a new definition of home. Tropical Fish highlights powerful literary descriptiveness. Only a skilled writer could relay weepy stories with reinvented taste.


Pages to import images to Wikidata Kumusha. I haven’t read a braver confrontation of the topic yet. From the standpoint of Wainaina, this book was well written. This site uses cookies. The writing, characters, and stories sound incredible. What are the similarities? That may not always be the whole truth. Published September 12th by Harlem Moon first published January 1st What if sex is also the display of differentiating moments between varied emotions?

With her first kiss, her womanhood immaturely blossoms at a pre-teen stage. This is among the few pieces that I have read which succeed well at pulling out the psychology of a character through sex. It focused mostly on Christine.

The Book Mine Set. Consenting sex is usually presented in the light of mutual engagement. Doreen indeed writes them with genuine empathy.

Jan 27, Ferris rated it really liked it. When apathy turns into normalcy?


A generation of my kind lived out its childhood and came of age on a continent gone horribly wrong. Bravo to Doreen Baingana. She has given us back to ourselves. Will definitely get this book, Kinna. Tropical Fish is filled with riveting prose. I jotted it down on my wishlist right away. This books tells the tale of 3 sisters growing up in post-Amin Entebbe but focuses on the youngest, Christine.

Jun 02, Phyllis rated it it was amazing. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Paperbackpages. Though this is told through the observance of a child, the details of the story are not infantile trash. Books by Doreen Baingana. Again, a tropicap for class. The technique of different voices and a variety of media such as a journal and a letter helps separate the voices to an extent but in many cases it is confusing as to who is speaking, perhaps suggesting that each sister is not as separate as one would assume and is instead different possible trajectories of one generic fema While categorized as a set of short stories, this baibgana reads more as set than individual stories as the same characters of three sisters reappear throughout all the stories.


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Tropical Fish

She has validated the lives rtopical lived as children and teenagers. Ama Ata Aidoo Editor. But “Tropical Fish” as a whole left me wanting more.

The ending put me in the mind of James Baldwin. How does Ugandan culture inform her experiences abroad?

Tropical Fish: Tales from Entebbe by Doreen Baingana

She does this with Green Stones and Tropical Fish. Tropiical from Entebbe by Doreen Baingana – pages. Through it all the mother has to support her family on her own.

The title story, Tropical Fish was my favorite. Escape, but not by dying. Diane — Frequent Flyer. What went wrong, David?