By Doreen Baingana
156pp; Cassava Republic Press
The cover of Tropical Fish: Tales From Entebbe was the first thing that caught my attention: three pairs of accessorised legs resting on staircases with a box of jewels. Reading the synopsis to this collection of linked short stories, I knew I had to discover the matching faces to the legs.
The Tales from Entebbe are told by the three Mugisha sisters--Rosa, Pattie and Christine--against the political backdrop of the 1980s, as they discover themselves as individuals and Ugandans in the aftermath of the Idi-Amin regime. Set mainly in Entebbe, we follow the footsteps of a family that comes full circle, burying two of its members due to different vices and almost ‘losing' the survivors to the Western religion and culture.
Baingana tackles hard and sensitive issues such as family cohesion, religion, evolution of culture, sex and relationship, friendship and gender roles in society.
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