Running the Rift

Running the Rift

By Naomi Benaron

Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Hardcover, 9781616200428, 384pp.

Publication Date: January 2012

"Running the Rift" follows the progress of Jean Patrick Nkuba from the day he knows that running will be his life to the moment he must run to save his life. A naturally gifted athlete, he sprints over the thousand hills of Rwanda and dreams of becoming his country's first Olympic medal winner in track. But Jean Patrick is a Tutsi in a world that has become increasingly restrictive and violent for his people. As tensions mount between the Hutu and Tutsi, he holds fast to his dream that running might deliver him, and his people, from the brutality around them. Winner of the Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, Naomi Benaron has written a stunning and gorgeous novel that--through the eyes of one unforgettable boy-- explores a country's unraveling, its tentative new beginning, and the love that binds its people together.

About the Author
NAOMI BENARON holds an MFA and a master of science degree in earth sciences, is a certified orthopedic massage therapist and an Ironman triathlete, teaches online for the UCLA Extension Writers Program, and works with the Afghan Women s Writing Project online and with African refugees in Arizona. She speaks French, was once fluent in Hebrew and is learning Kinyarwanda.