The Good Braider
My mother calls me by two names, Viola for Jesus,
and Keji, for first born girl.
“All men in Sudan will want to marry you,” she used to say.
“You are a girl from Juba.”
In this free verse novel for young adults and adults, Viola’s strikingly original voice sings out the story of her family’s journey from war-torn Sudan, to Cairo, and finally to Portland, Maine.