In a tale that recounts her own experience fleeing the ethnic violence of Rwanda, Scholastique Mukasonga resurrects in heartbreaking detail the lives of her many family members who were killed. In her reflections, she captures not only the suffering brought about by her family’s displacement, but also the beauty present in small, quiet moments with her loved ones.
“A thoughtful, sobering firsthand account of the refugee experience, a story that speaks to readers far beyond the African highlands.” – KIRKUS REVIEW
“A book I would strongly recommend to anyone with an interest in foreign affairs and a good contextual book when examining faction wars in the Middle East which at times come perilously close to similar internal political implosions. A cautionary tale for anyone who witnesses conflict on the basis of race and ethnicity in East or the West for that matter,on how pettiness can so quickly become carnage and ultimately genocide.” – Screen Wiper
“Heavy, unflinchingly raw, inspiring.” Book Stalker Blog