Welcome to BOOK CLUB, which I run with co-conspirator Nicole from Linus’s Blanket. Today we will be chatting about Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron, which was released on January 3rd by Algonquin Books (website | twitter | facebook). For those of you reading this post, please remember that this discussion is likely to contain spoilers.
Here is the synopsis of the book I wrote for my review:
For as long as Jean Patrick can remember, he has wanted to be a runner, to represent Rwanda in the Olympics. And he has a gift, he could do this. Except, in addition to being a talented runner, he is also Tutsi. Things are becoming increasingly difficult for the Tutsi in Rwanda, the Hutu are in power, there are ethnic quotas in place, and violence is beginning to escalate. Jean Patrick may be able to overcome his family’s poverty, but can he survive the hatred of his fellow countrymen?
Before we get started, here are some of the reviews of readers who will be participating today:
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Here we go…
- First off, what were your general impressions of the book?
- Is this a book you would have read had you not been reading it for a book club?
- How did you respond to Jean Patrick’s eternal optimism/naivete?
- Prior to reading Running the Rift, how much did you know about the Rwandan genocide? Did this at all change your understanding of the event?