Island Book's open book club meets the last Thursday of every month at 7:30pm. Our staff facilitator chooses both fiction and nonfiction titles. All are welcome to attend. This month's choice is Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron.
Running the Rift follows the progress of Jean Patrick Nkuba from the
day he knows that running will be his life to the moment he must run to
save his life. A naturally gifted athlete, he sprints over the thousand
hills of Rwanda and dreams of becoming his country's first Olympic medal
winner in track. But Jean Patrick is a Tutsi in a world that has become
increasingly restrictive and violent for his people. As tensions mount
between the Hutu and Tutsi, he holds fast to his dream that running
might deliver him, and his people, from the brutality around them.
Winner of the Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, Naomi
Benaron has written a stunning and gorgeous novel that--through the eyes
of one unforgettable boy-- explores a country's unraveling, its
tentative new beginning, and the love that binds its people together.