Running the Rift

by Naomi Benaron

Running the Rift

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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.

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A long distance runner from Rwanda who is struggling to reach the Olympics is at the center of Naomi Benaron's first novel. Running the Rift follows John Patrick as he runs through his youth, trains with a Hutu coach and courts a girl from a Hutu neighborhood near his university. All the while, his country lurches toward tragedy. NPR reviewer Alan Cheuse declares that "Benaron, with her fusion of research

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