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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Review: Broken Memory (Combres)

Title: Broken Memory: a novel of Rwanda
Author: Combres
Genre: Survival, Historical Fiction
Pages: 139
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Emma witnesses the brutal murder of her mother during the 1994 genocide massacres in Rwanda and seeks shelter with an aging Hutu woman; but years later when war ends, Emma's fears continue to haunt her as she finds the courage to begin her healing.

This short novel packs a punch. The Rwanda genocide is a horrible event in world history, but an important one to understand. I think that it is important for students to read about history. Emma's story, even though it is fiction, is based on the author's interviews with genocide survivors. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in history, survival stories, and readers of books on the Holocaust.

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