In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills

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Jen­nifer Haupt Cen­tral Av­enue Pub­lish­ing (APRIL) Soft­cover $15.95 (384pp), 978-1-77168-133-9

In the wake of the Rwan­dan geno­cide of the 1990s, those who fought on both sides of the war—and for­eign­ers who came to help but who were in­spired to stay—seek some form of re­demp­tion, each in their own way. Four bro­ken in­di­vid­u­als con­verge at an or­phan­age in the ru­ral coun­try­side to re­cover from their re­spec­tive tragedies. The bru­tal­ity of these events ties these peo­ple to­gether and ul­ti­mately brings them for­give­ness and hope, or kwiz­era.

Set in the year 2000, In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills fol­lows Rachel, an Amer­i­can who re­cently lost her mother and un­born baby; Lil­lian, an ex­pat who, in­spired by Martin Luther King Jr., started an or­phan­age in Rwanda; Tucker, a doc­tor who orig­i­nally came to the coun­try with the Red Cross; and Nadine, a young Tutsi woman whom Lil­lian adopted as her own af­ter her fam­ily was killed. Rachel flies to Rwanda in search of her pho­to­jour­nal­ist fa­ther, Henry, who, ac­cord­ing to these three peo­ple she be­friends, has not been seen in the coun­try for two years.

Flash­backs to the 1970s and 1990s are scat­tered skill­fully through­out the novel. They pro­vide a peek into Henry and Lil­lian’s life as their se­crets un­fold in 2000. Each heartrend­ing de­tail is re­vealed with per­fect tim­ing, the expert pac­ing of the story es­ca­lat­ing at ev­ery turn. It is both a sus­pense­ful and an emo­tion­ally grace­ful novel, even as Lil­lian, Tucker, and Nadine re­lay their bru­tal ex­pe­ri­ences.

While In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills re­mains true to set­ting, both in place and in time, it is also timely, and re­veals how for­give­ness is pos­si­ble even dur­ing the tri­als fol­low­ing the un­speak­able acts of a hor­rific war. Au­thor Jen­nifer Haupt’s ex­pe­ri­ence as a jour­nal­ist in Rwanda plants the seeds of truth that bloom on ev­ery page.

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