“Truly fearless writing … culturally rich and completely engrossing.”
Starred Reviews for Running the Rift
“Benaron accomplishes the improbable feat of wringing genuine loveliness from unspeakable horror ... [Running the Rift] conveys so profoundly the joys of family, friendship, and community.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“[An] unflinching and beautifully crafted account of a people and their survival ... Highly recommended; readers who loved Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner will appreciate.”—Library Journal, starred review
“Benaron shines is in her tender descriptions of Rwandan's natural beauty and in her creation of Jean Patrick, a hero whose noble innocence and genuine human warmth are impossible not to love.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Fiction and Social Responsibility: Where Do They Intersect?
An Essay by Naomi Benaron
“Social justice infuses nearly all my fiction, whether directly or indirectly, and I cannot imagine what shape my stories would take if they did not in some manner address this. Issues concerning social justice are most often what first move me to put pen to paper, even if the threads of the injustice are woven into a seemingly unrelated arc. . . .”