BROKEN MEMORY: A NOVEL OF RWANDA by Elisabeth Combres with translation by Shelly Tanaka (Groundwood, 2009) is a slim and stark novel about the genocide of the Tutsi people as told through the voice of a young girl who survives and escapes after her mother is brutally murdered. Spare text and short chapters deliver a story that seems immediate and dangerous to the reader. As Emma copes with her memories of the day of her mother's murder, some of those involved are rounded upo for trial. Rather than bring closure, for many survivors seeing those responsible for the genocide bring back the horror of the time.
The drive back from Arlingtion last night was uneventful, thankfully. I enjoyed the afternoon with an enthusiastic group of teachers and librarians.