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Strength in what remains
Tracy Kidder
Adult Nonfiction E184.B89 K53 2009

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From Publishers' Weekly:

With an anthropologist's eye and a novelist's pen, Pulitzer Prize-winning Kidder (Mountains Beyond Mountains) recounts the story of Deo, the Burundian former medical student turned American emigre at the center of this strikingly vivid story. Told in flashbacks from Deo's 2006 return visit to Burundi to mid-1990s New York and the Burundi of childhood memory and young adulthood-as the Rwandan genocide spilled across the border following the same inflamed ethnic divisions-then picking up in 2003, when author and subject first meet, Deo's experience is conveyed with a remarkable depth of vision and feeling. Kidder renders his subject with deep yet unfussy fidelity and the conflict with detail and nuance. While the book might recall Dave Eggers's novelized version of a real-life Sudanese refugee's experience in What Is the What, reading this book hardly covers old ground, but enables one to walk in the footsteps of its singular subject and see worlds new and old afresh. This profoundly gripping, hopeful and crucial testament is a work of the utmost skill, sympathy and moral clarity. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In the mid-1990s, former medical student Deogracias (Deo) arrived in New York from his native country of Burundi with $200, no knowledge of English, and no contacts. Thanks in part to the kindness of strangers, he eventually completed his education, obtained U.S. citizenship, and returned to Burundi to build a hospital. Pulitzer Prize winner Kidder (Mountains Beyond Mountains) tells Deo's moving story, narrating with a clear voice that expresses just the right level of emotion. Utterly inspiring; highly recommended for all. [The Random hc, published in August, was a New York Times best seller.-Ed.]-Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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