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Publisher's Summary

A moving story of an old woman reckoning with memories - both cherished and heartbreaking - of her past, from French Rwandan author Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse, winner of the 2020 Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie.   

In childhood, Consolata was permanently separated from her family by French colonizers in her Rwandan village. Now, nearing the end of her life in an assisted-living facility, she starts losing her French language skills and can only remember her mother tongue, to the confusion of care workers. Oscillating between moments in assisted living and vivid childhood memories with family in Rwanda, Consolota is a poignant story of heritage, memory, and bonds that can never be broken.  

©2021 Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

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A story of an old woman in a.home remembering her childhood as a half caste fair haired., light skinned African.

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  • 02-01-2022

A short story

I was curious why Consolata had bad reviews, so I listened to it. In the early part of the story, there were some terms from its original language that were confusing, but didn't affect the overall outcome of the story. I enjoyed the child Consolata's point of view of her world. I found the story worth my time and my curiosity to know more about her world piqued.

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  • 02-01-2022

good story

I really enjoyed this and almost passed it up as I don't usually like short stories. So glad I decided to listen to it. Thank you Beata for sharing this wonderful story.

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  • 11-01-2022

A Beautiful and Sad Tale

A sensitive bright mixed race child is removed from her extended family and village in Apartheid Africa to spend her life in institutions. However Consolata’s beautiful spirit shines through the adversities. A very moving story.

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