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Running the Rift
By Naomi Benaron
Algonquin Books, 384 pp.

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2. 'Running the Rift,' by Naomi Benaron

Would-be Olympic runner Jean Patrick Nkuba is a talented young man – but he’s a Tutsi living in Hutu-governed Rwanda. This debut novel set against the backdrop of Rwanda’s ethnic conflict is a powerful coming-of-age story that highlights the best and the worst of human nature. (January)

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