Tropical Fish

by Doreen Baingana

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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 the cities Kampala and Los Angeles,Tropical Fish depicts the reality of life for Christine Mugisha and her family after Idi Amin’s dictatorship.

Three of the eight chapters are told from the point of view of Christine’s two older sisters, Patti, a born-again Christian who finds herself starving at her boarding school, and Rosa, a free spirit who tries to “magically” seduce one of her teachers. But the star of Tropical Fish is Christine, whom we accompany from her first wobbly steps in high heels, to her encounters with the first-world conveniences and alienation of America, to her return home to Uganda.

As the Mugishas cope with Uganda’s collapsing infrastructure, they also contend with the universal themes of family cohesion, sex and relationships, disease, betrayal, and spirituality. Anyone dipping into Baingana’s incandescent, widely acclaimed novel will enjoy their immersion in the world of this talented newcomer.

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Accolades 
*Winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book in the Africa region
*Winner of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Award Series in Short Fiction
*Winner of the Washington Writing Prize for Short Fiction
*Finalist for the Caine Prize in African Writing

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Description

Author: Doreen Baingana
ISBN: 1770070516
Country: Uganda
Publisher: Oshun Books, Struik Publishers
Size (inches): 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2
Pages: 148
Format: Paperback
Colour: Black & White
Weight 199 grams
Language: English
Publication Date: 2005

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The Magunga BookstoreDoreen Baingana is a Ugandan short story writer. Her book, Tropical Fish won the 2006 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, best first book, Africa, and an AWP Short Fiction Award.

She has graduated from Makerere University with a JD, and from the University of Maryland with an MFA. While at Makerere University Baingana was an active member of FEMRITE – Uganda Women Writers Association, which she has referred to as “a literary home of sorts”.

Her work has appeared in AGNI, Glimmer Train, African American Review, Callaloo, The Guardian, and Kwani.

She currently resides in Uganda.

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Doreen Baingana

Doreen Baingana is a Ugandan short story writer. Her book, Tropical Fish won the 2006 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, best first book, Africa, and an AWP Short Fiction Award. She has graduated from Makerere University with a JD, and from the University of Maryland with an MFA. While at Makerere University Baingana was an active member of FEMRITE – Uganda Women Writers Association, which she has referred to as “a literary home of sorts”. Her work has appeared in AGNI, Glimmer Train, African American Review, Callaloo, The Guardian, and Kwani. She currently resides in Uganda.