In Britain, selected as Book of the Month by The Bookseller

Selected as a Best Book of the Autumn by the Guardian, Telegraph Magazine, Times, Independent, Stylist and Irish Times

Selected as a Best Book of the Month by Waterstones, the Evening Standard and Apple Books


‘Makumbi writes with the assurance and wry omniscience of an easygoing deity.’

New York Times

‘Makumbi’s tale dazzles. . . Kirabo is a wonderful heroine: headstrong, inquisitive and determined. The novel is rich with Luganda words and steeped in ancient Ugandan folklore, making it an immersive read. I loved it.’

The Bookseller, Book of the Month

‘A wonder . . . Vivid, moving, powerful and captivatingly unpredictable. . . sure to join the company of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Tsitsi Dangarambga’s Nervous Conditions and Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet.’

Namwali Serpell, author of The Old Drift

“A Girl is a Body of Water is captivating, wise, humorous, and tender: Makumbi has come back stronger than ever. This is a tale about Kirabo and her family, and her place in the world as she searches for her mother and a true sense of belonging. But most of all, this is a book about the stories that define us, and those we tell to redefine ourselves. A riveting read.”

—Maaza Mengiste, author of The Shadow King

“A luminous and sprawling bildungsroman. . . . a magnificent blend of Ugandan folklore and more modern notions of feminism. This book is a jewel.”

—Kirkus, Starred Review