In "The Shivering," Ukamaka is a graduate student at Princeton who's trying to piece her life back together after a sudden breakup with her boyfriend, Udenna. Ukamaka spent the three years she and Udenna were together shaping her life around his; she planned to live in the city he preferred after she finished school, and she cooked with hot peppers even though she doesn't like them. Udenna insisted that Ukamaka think and behave in ways that met his standards and disregard her own desires, and as such, Ukamaka is lost and alone without his forceful presence in her life. She returns to the Catholic Church following the breakup and struggles to understand how and why God does what he does. She thinks of God as a person with human reasoning.
Ukamaka Quotes in The Thing Around Your Neck
The The Thing Around Your Neck quotes below are all either spoken by Ukamaka or refer to Ukamaka. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Anchor Books edition of The Thing Around Your Neck published in 2009.).
The Shivering Quotes
Ukamaka Character Timeline in The Thing Around Your Neck
The timeline below shows where the character Ukamaka appears in The Thing Around Your Neck. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.