The Barefoot Woman is a heartbreaking tribute to an extraordinary woman: Scholastique Mukasonga’s mother, who protected her Tutsi family from Hutu violence for as long as she could. One of the youngest in her large family, Mukasonga was the only one to survive the massacre. A record of a time before the Rwandan genocide, The Barefoot Woman is a necessary record of a way of life and a community whose stories are in danger of being forgotten.
Mukasonga’s elegant, elliptical prose gives voice to stories in danger of being lost to history. A vivid, bittersweet depiction of family life, and of one woman’s love for her children, The Barefoot Woman is a story of incredible fortitude in the face impossible conditions and of our duty to remember those we have lost.