This is the story of how Patricia Bamurangirwa managed life on her own after losing her mother, at a young age and in a foreign country when she was no longer able to stay in Rwanda. My Mother’s Dreams is the candid autobiography of Patricia Bamurangirwa, who found herself torn between her culture, her family, her pride and her rights at a very young age. Like many African girls in the 1950s, readers will discover why she missed out on higher education among other opportunities. But that never stopped her fighting for what she believed in. Find out how Patricia escaped becoming a prostitute, even though she was in their hands for four years. Discover how she managed to take care of seven children as a single mother. Later in life find out what Europe, the continent some think to be ‘heaven on Earth’, was like when she travelled there. And finally, read the statement of a survivor of the 1994 genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda; the sad story of a mother who saw her children tortured to death. Some parts of this book will make you laugh, while others will make you cry; but it is important that you will learn a lot from this book. My Mother’s Dream was written to show that women can overcome anything, and will appeal to fans of women’s writing and moving autobiographies.
Patriotism is a poetry book for readers of all ages, nationalities and walks of life. Touching on subjects including religion, love and hate, it reveals how different emotions can be strong in their own unique ways. The words in Patricia Bamurangirwa’s poetry will show readers that it is possible to achieve your dreams, encouraging and teaching them to have hope for tomorrow. Inspirational in nature, the poems contain a message: that life doesn’t mind if you are rich or poor, that we are all the same and that sometimes people can be happy or sad in the same ways. Written in English and also translated into Kinyarwandan, Patriotism will be enjoyed by poetry readers across the world, particularly those who have connections to Rwanda. It will also appeal to fans of the author’s two previous books, Rwanda Yesterday (2013) and My Mother’s Dreams (2014).