Monday, January 30, 2017

The Refugee Experience

Reading is an important way to view the world from a different perspective, a way to connect with those in circumstances you may never face. Many refugees have encountered terrible hardship as they struggle to find a new life. The novels below, not without some moments of hope, give a sample of what they have endured.  

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected.

When the Moon Is Low by Nadia Hashimi
When her happy middle-class life in Afghanistan is shattered by the rise of the Taliban and her husband's murder by fundamentalists, former schoolteacher Fereiba embarks on a high-risk effort to escape to England with her three children.

What Is the What by Dave Eggers
In a heartrending and astonishing novel, Eggers illuminates the history of the civil war in Sudan through the eyes of refugee Valentino Achak Deng, one of the estimated 17,000 "lost boys of Sudan," now living in the United States. 

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