Set across a backdrop of refugee migration that spans East Africa, the US and Australia, How Fast Can You Run’s story of “Lost Boy” of Sudan Michael Majok Kuch unfolds with equal measures of inspiration and heartbreak. Five-year-old Majok wakes in the middle of the night to his burning hut and flees from the soldiers torching his village in South Sudan. He gets separated from his mother and begins a ten year journey, trekking through war zones and living in refugee camps, until he receives political asylum to the US.
This extraordinary novel, chosen as a 2017 Charter for Compassion Global Read and now a Foreword Review Book of the Year finalist, is in the words of Mukoma Wa Ngugi, “a beautiful and crucial story told by two people, one Sudanese with dreams of independence, the other, an American poet who listens to Michael Majok through her imagination…reminding us that the most human of all activities, the one thing that binds us all, is finding beauty even in impossible situations.”
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“Poetic Story of Tragedy and the Will to Survive…a Must Read!!”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Ellen B. Cohan
From the opening sentence, I was immediately drawn into Harriet Levin Millan’s story of Michael Majuk Kuch, one of the Lost Boys of the Sudan in the late 1980’s. Her poetic and rich account of Michael’s life had me mesmerized through the horrors he witnessed and lived through. His strength, determination and will power as a young boy to survive the devastating loss of life as he once knew it, separated from his family at the tender age of five, and forced to cross the desert at night, is a story that still haunts me. Harriet captured Michael’s story with grace and integrity, and I would highly recommend this book…a must read!!
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 Lost Boy of Sudan 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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