Synopses & Reviews
"Raised by Sudan's Dinka tribe, the Deng brothers and their cousin Benjamin were all under the age of seven when they left their homes after terrifying attacks on their villages during the Sudanese civil war. In 2001, the three were relocated to the U.S. from Kenya's Kakuma refugee camp as part of an international refugee relief program. Arriving in this country, they immediately began to fill composition books with the memoirs of chaos and culture shock collected here. Well written, often poetic essays by Benson, Alepho and Benjamin, who are now San Diego residents in their mid-20s, are arranged in alternating chapters and recall their childhood experiences, their treacherous trek and their education in the camp ('People were learning under trees'). Other pieces remember the rampant disease and famine among refugees, and the tremendous hardship of day-to-day living ('Refugee life was like being devoured by wild animals'). When the boys arrived in America, Benson, upon seeing a Wal-Mart for the first time, remarked, 'This is like a king's palace.' Although some readers may wish for more commentary on what life in America is like for these transplants, this collection is moving in its depictions of unbelievable courage. Agent, Joni Evans at William Morris. (June 13)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
A stunning literary memoir from three of Sudan's Lost Boys recounts a harrowing, horrific journey across an unforgiving landscape and mourns the culture that they left behind.