That Mad Game
Growing Up in a Warzone: An Anthology of Essays from Around the Globe
By J.L. Powers (Editor)
(Cinco Puntos Press, Paperback, 9781935955221, 300pp.)
Publication Date: June 2012
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Coming of age during a time of war: fighting, dying, surviving. First-person accounts from around the world.
J.L. Powers: : J.L. Powers is a novelist and scholar. Her recent novel This Thing Called the Future is a coming of age story set in post-Apartheid South Africa. Her previous anthology was Labor Pains and Birth Stories. She holds master’s degrees in African History from State University of New York-Albany and Stanford University, won a Fulbright-Hayes to study Zulu in South Africa, and served as a visiting scholar in Stanford’s African Studies Department in 2008 and 2009. She lives in San Francisco's Bay area.
"Uplifting tales of survival
War’s most vulnerable victims have their say." Kirkus Reviews
"[R]eaders will be rewarded by [this] compelling and often uplifting anthology That Mad Game surprises with its variety. From Taliban-controlled Kabul to a Japanese internment camp in northern California, from a teen girl’s 'soundtrack of war' in Beirut to a young man’s long walk across much of Africa, the startling stories make for rough going at times. But the humor, beauty, and humanity shining through the darkness are what make this collection a must-have for all libraries serving high school students." School Library Journal
"There is heartache in the stories J.L. Powers has assembled here, as well as loss and pain and death. They are about war, after all. But there is humor too, and also love and faith and hope, because they are human stories too, and as each one testifies in its own way, humans are able to heal." Charles London, author of One Day The Soldiers Came: Voices of Children in War
"I was sent to the war in Afghanistan with a lot of slogans in my head about freedom and fighting terrorism. What I found instead was a tremendous respect for the good Afghan people, a deep sympathy for the Afghan children struggling for better lives, and a profound hatred of the Taliban for the way they brutalized their own people. That Mad Game is a reminder that such hatred is the same mistake from which all the world’s wars are born. The fact that That Mad Game can steer my hard heart toward sympathy for a young Talib is a sure sign of this book’s tremendous potential to foster a spirit of peace and understanding in readers everywhere." Trent Reedy, author of Words in the Dust and Stealing Air