[bksvol-discuss] just submitted

  • From: "Amber Wallenstein" <amber.wallens@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2007 21:45:54 -0500

I just submitted
Born in the Big Rains: A Memoir of Somalia and Survival.
Hailed in the German press as an author of "astonishing courage and sense of 
humor," anti-FGM (female genital mutilation) activist Fadumo Korn forthrightly 
describes her brutal circumcision at age seven and her long and agonizing path 
to physical and psychological recovery.
As a child, Fadumo freely roams the steppes of Somalia until her mother 
delivers her into the hands of an excisor to undergo a horrific "ritual" 
cutting to make her a woman in the eyes of her tribe. When complications 
ensue-and escalate-Fadumo travels to the sprawling capital of Mogadishu and the 
household of a relative who is close to the incoming Somali president. The girl 
then experiences firsthand a world of incongruous luxury amid political 
instability in a country on the edge of civil war. Fadumo's condition later 
becomes so life threatening that she is sent for treatment to Germany, where 
she recovers. Eventually, Fadumo marries and, following corrective surgery, she 
bears a child.
Fadumo Korn weaves together a sensitive understanding of traditional practices 
with revelations about their disturbing effects. This deftly crafted memoir, 
suffused with sorrow and surprising humor, is an unblinkered history of a life 
replete with trauma and pain as well as recovery and activism. Today Korn 
campaigns against FGM while remaining sensitive to the fact that many young 
African women value it as a passage to womanhood.

Book blog:
I have accepted a seat in the House of Representatives, and thereby have 
consented to my own ruin, to your ruin, and to the ruin of our children. I give
you this warning that you may prepare your mind for your fate.
John Adams
E-Mail: amber.wallens@xxxxxxxxx

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