It’s not every day we pick up a book and think, “I’m ready to be challenged” and yet there are moments when writing can be so deeply touching that it’s well worth the effort.
Marina Endicott, award winning author of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for her second novel, Good to a Fault, has selected Dogs at the Perimeter by Madeleine Thien as the Amnesty International Book Club’s selection for this month.
“I believe you will all read with passionate interest Madeleine Thien’s novel, Dogs at the Perimeter, which examines the long-burning fallout of the Cambodian genocide through three of its victims.
“The clarity and beauty of Thien’s writing rest on a deep well of empathy and compassionate historical understanding. She is a shining example of a human being, one who can go down into violence and pain but rise up again with important stories to give us,” explains Endicott.
Beautifully realized, deeply affecting, Dogs at the Perimeter evokes totalitarianism through the eyes of a little girl and draws a remarkable map of the mind’s battle with memory, loss, and the horrors of war.
As Canada welcomes Syrian Refugees, our Amnesty International Book Club is exploring a story of rebuilding a life in Canada so that we may gain a better understanding of the horrors faced by those who escape persecution. Amidst the violence and destruction in home countries, there is one particular experience that haunts far too many: the unanswered disappearances of loved ones. Fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, lovers, and friends: one moment there, the next, gone.
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