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Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron
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Feb 18, 2012

really liked it
Read in February, 2012

Ever since Mudbound, I always make time for Barbara Kingsolver's selections for the Bellwether prize for "socially engaged fiction.". Unlike most reviewers, I can't rave endlessly about this one. But there are a number of positive things to say about this novel. The author manages the difficult task of writing a story about the Rwandan genocide that still captures the ordinary amidst all of the extraordinary violence. People fall in love, they celebrate holidays with their families, they develop lifelong friendships. A boy trains to be a world class runner in the hope of representing Rwanda at the Olympics. The Rwandan people and the Rwandan landscape are painted with a surprising amount of compassion. Which contrasts somewhat inexplicably with the violence that these same people are then able to inflict on one another.

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