"Running the Rift" by Naomi Benaron - Jessica Taking The Lead

Running the Rift: A Novel
by Naomi Benaron

Algonquin Books | October 10, 2012 | Trade Paperback

"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.

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  • laura r.

    Great night, good questions , loved the paper running shoes,as always great company.

    2 · April 8, 2014

  • Josee B.

    I won't be able to make it since I've only read a few chapters....this month got away from me! Looking forward to finishing it since it seems to have gotten great reviews from all of you so far!

    April 6, 2014

    • Caroline

      Ha ha Michael.... I watched that last night after book club..... Was a good first episode. Have you read them all? I have not read past book 3

      1 · April 8, 2014

    • Michael B.

      Caroline, I've read all but the last book.

      April 8, 2014

  • Shelley

    A great evening, thanks everyone.

    April 8, 2014

  • Ann

    Quite enjoyable. Thanks Jessica for recommending it. Liked hearing everyone's opinions and insights.

    1 · April 7, 2014

  • Shelley

    Emjoyed reading this novel:)

    1 · April 7, 2014

  • Lynn A.

    This book was a disagreeable, tough slog. I couldn't wait for it to end. Nothing, not a character or description or theme caught my imagination. I found myself reading with more interest this weekend's accounts of the 20-year anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, revolting as those accounts are. Sadly, not much has changed in racist Africa. Another genocide is underway in Central African Republic and South Sudan.

    April 7, 2014

  • osbornetodd

    I'd like to find another literary fiction book club if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. One is just not going to be sufficient. Help!

    April 6, 2014

    • Ann

      There's one called Books and Beer. They meet on last Thursday of the month.

      April 6, 2014

  • Diane

    There have been articles recently in the newspapers re the 20th anniversary of the genocide. In this article, they suggest that Belgian favouritism did nothing to help with relations between Hutus and Tutsis.

    http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/op-ed/Listening+Rwandan+friend/9700266/story.html

    April 6, 2014

    • Diane

      ... and why were the Tutsis favoured?

      April 6, 2014

  • Caroline

    If you are interested Naomi gives an interview on her inspiration of the book... she reads a passage and then talks.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW8c5re3akM

    3 · April 6, 2014

  • Shelley

    Just picked it up today, a reading weekend:)

    1 · April 3, 2014

  • Brian W.

    Hello Jessica. Such a good read, about a very sensitive subject. I learned so much. Thank you for recommending it. Brian

    1 · April 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I got it at chapters by ikea on Monday and they had a few copies. Really enjoying it...

    April 3, 2014

  • Jessica

    I am so glad people have enjoyed this book!!

    2 · April 2, 2014

    • Caroline

      I ordered it and it has been delayed... holding out hope though it will come in soon

      April 2, 2014

  • osbornetodd

    I only have a few days in which to find and read this book?? Hope it is at Chapters! Also, hope this is a good book.

    April 2, 2014

    • Diane

      It's good. It's at the U of Ottawa library if you have access.

      1 · April 2, 2014

    • Chris R.

      Just finished iit yesterday. Loved it! Highly recommend it. Looking forward to the discussion

      April 2, 2014

  • Chris R.

    I am digging this book !! Great choice Jess.

    March 31, 2014

  • Caroline

    You will be missed

    1 · March 26, 2014

  • Shelley

    Sorry I'll miss this too. My homeowners association had the nerve to schedule our annual meeting on the same night. Hmph.

    March 26, 2014

  • Alana

    I am sorry to miss this - a work event has come up unfortunately.

    1 · March 19, 2014

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