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Slice of Life 7: On Reading Radiance of Tomorrow

By Janice Ewing

I’m reading Radiance of Tomorrow by Ismael Beah. I never read A Long Way Gone, his memoir of a childhood interrupted by fighting in war-torn Sierra Leone. I had heard nothing but rave reviews of the authenticity, the writing style, and the importance of the book in understanding the ravages of modern-day civil wars. I just couldn’t bring myself to read it, in the same way that I’ve avoided other highly acclaimed books, both fiction and nonfiction, that present compelling and graphic depictions of atrocities. Read more