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Where Bones Dance : An English Girlhood, An African War

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  • Author(s): Nina Newington
  • Publication Information:
    Madison : University of Wisconsin Press. 2007
  • Additional Information
    • Publication Type:
      eBook.
    • Abstract:
      In this stunning debut novel, a child dissects the darkness at the heart of her British diplomatic family. Living in Nigeria on the brink of civil war, Anna—also known as Jake—becomes blood brothers with Dave, the Korean American daughter of a C.I.A. operative. They do push-ups, collect pornography, and plot lives of unmarried freedom while around them a country disintegrates. Luscious, terrifying, and raw, Nigeria itself becomes a lesson in endurance, suffering, love. Stories are layered upon stories: Anna's grandmother tells stories about life as a white woman on the Gold Coast; the clairvoyant and closeted'Aunt'Elsie gives Anna a story of transformation to hold onto in the coming tumult of adolescence. Yet Where Bones Dance also spirals down to the stories that are not told—sexual abuse, the myth of benign colonialism, the chaos of postcolonial Africa. Sensual and fantastical by turns, this moving, funny, immensely readable book delivers an understanding of the interplay of sexuality, gender, race, and war that is sophisticated beyond the years of its intrepid narrator. Winner, Georges Bugnet Award for Novel, Alberta Literary Awards, Writers Guild of Alberta Best Books for General Audiences, selected by the American Association of School Librarians and the Public Library Association
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    • Related ISBNs:
      9780299222604. 9780299222635.
    • Accession Number:
      489293110
    • Accession Number:
      296531
    • Publication Information:
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  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      NINA NEWINGTON. Where Bones Dance : An English Girlhood, An African War. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2007. ISBN 9780299222604. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=296531&custid=s8280428. Acesso em: 9 ago. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Nina Newington. Where Bones Dance : An English Girlhood, An African War. University of Wisconsin Press; 2007. Accessed August 9, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=296531&custid=s8280428
    • APA:
      Nina Newington. (2007). Where Bones Dance : An English Girlhood, An African War. University of Wisconsin Press.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Nina Newington. 2007. Where Bones Dance : An English Girlhood, An African War. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=296531&custid=s8280428.
    • Harvard:
      Nina Newington (2007) Where Bones Dance : An English Girlhood, An African War. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=296531&custid=s8280428 (Accessed: 9 August 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Nina Newington 2007, Where Bones Dance : An English Girlhood, An African War, University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, viewed 9 August 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Nina Newington. Where Bones Dance : An English Girlhood, An African War. University of Wisconsin Press, 2007. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=296531&custid=s8280428.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Nina Newington. Where Bones Dance : An English Girlhood, An African War. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2007. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=296531&custid=s8280428.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Nina Newington. Where Bones Dance : An English Girlhood, An African War [Internet]. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press; 2007 [cited 2020 Aug 9]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=296531&custid=s8280428

Reviews

PW Reviews 2007 February #1

Newington fires off short, scattershot chapters to tell a sincere coming-of-age story in this debut "autobiographical" novel. In mid-'60s Lagos, during the lead-up to Nigeria's Biafran War, young narrator Anna lives predominantly in an imaginary world where she and her friend, Dave (a girl whose real name is Helen), are sailors and spies. Anna's mother and father, respectively a sexually abusive drunk and rarely present British diplomat, provide little in the way of parenting, leaving Anna to find her own role models (such as Christine, the family's servant, or Aunt Elsie, her grandmother's "bloody queer" friend). Sheltered for the most part from the war, Anna and Dave together try to make sense of their rarified world. Readers willing to forgive the preciousness (Anna is, after all, a child) will find some beautiful passages tucked away in the meandering narrative. (Apr.)

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