Set across a backdrop of refugee migration that spans Africa, America and Australia, How Fast Can You Run is the inspiring story of Michael Majok Kuch and his journey to find his mother. In 1988, Majok, as a five-year-old boy, fled his burning village in southern Sudan when the North systematically destroyed it, searching for John Garang, the South’s leader. Majok, along with thousands of other fleeing people, many of them unaccompanied minors, trekked through the wilderness in Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya to arrive at a series of refugee camps where he would live for the next ten years. When the U.S. brokered an agreement, granting approximately 4,000 unaccompanied minors political asylum, Majok, now Michael, was given a new start in the U.S. Yet his new life was not without trauma. He faced prejudice once again, disrupting the promise of his new beginnings. This is a story of a survivor who in facing challenge after challenge summons the courageous spirit of millions of refugees throughout history and today.
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“Couldn’t Stop Reading!”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Laurie Cannady
I received an ARC of this beautiful book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I loved it How Fast Can You Run so much, I am purchasing copies for friends. This is a heart-wrenching, skillfully executed narrative. I couldn’t stop reading! Millan’s writing voice, coupled with Kuch’s epic story, sings off the page. The generosity of both writer and narrator had me laughing, crying, mourning, and hoping. I’m so taken by this book, I intend to teach it in future semesters.
If you want to know the horrors of children surrounded by war and the horrors they too often face when rebuilding the lives they’ve always yearned to live, read this book and then read it again. If you want to witness human spirit at its best, amidst the worst the world can offer, you will not be disappointed with Millan and Kuch’s offering.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!
About the Author
Prize winning poet and writer Harriet Levin was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Her debut novel, How Fast Can You Run (Harvard Square Editions), published under the name Harriet Levin Millan will be released October 28, 2016. How Fast Can You Run is based on the true life story of S. Sudanese “Lost Boy” Michael Majok Kuch. Eavan Boland chose her first book of poetry, The Christmas Show, (Beacon Press) for the Barnard New Women Poets Prize. It also won the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award and was a Philadelphia Inquirer Notable Book of the Year. Her second book of poetry, Girl in Cap and Gown (Mammoth Books) was a PEW Fellowship in the Arts Discipline Winner and National Poetry Series finalist Cavankerry will release a third book of poetry, Her Oceanography, in 2018. She is Director of the Certificate Program in Writing and Publishing at Drexel University.
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