Running the Rift

Running the Rift - Naomi Benaron While the approaching genocide is always present, looming over the daily lives of the characters, Jean Patrick's apolitical stance refuses to let it in until the last possible moment, so it can't steal the focus of what is ultimately the personal story of a boy and his dream. Given what I know about history, there is no escaping the fact that the characters will be touched by death and politics in some way, but that tragedy is not the focus. This novel opens a window on Rwandan culture and the personal details of a vast tragedy without sensationalizing the violence or providing too many gory details.