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Daughter of Dust,
This review is from: Daughter of Dust: Growing Up an Outcast in the Desert of Sudan (Paperback)I was third in the queue to read my copy of this book, because members of my family could not put it down, and I wanted to have it for myself! This book is so good...
Leila's story has a positive (and necessary) outcome, but all the same it is deeply saddening to read of her experiences, and Ms Wallace's depiction and consummate writing bring it all to life. I especially appreciated how cleverly the unfolding story was sequenced and all the minute textural detail woven in.
We all three found ourselves transported into Leila's world. The author manages to translate and embody a deeply moving voice, and the geographical context is satisfyingly authentic. Europeans reading this story, can acquire a genuine sense of what it is like belonging to, and being brought up in a place, culture and society radically different from their own and because they are fully able to identify with the experience of the characters, find themselves haunted by an aching bond of human empathy.
When I finished reading this book I continued under its spell for days.