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In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills
In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills | Jennifer Haupt
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IN THE SHADOW OF 10,000 HILLS follows the intertwining stories of three women from vastly diverse cultures searching for personal peace in post-genocide Rwanda. Lillian Carlson, an African-American civil rights activist now in her early 50s, traveled to Africa from Atlanta in 1970 to grieve the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. She dreamed of bettering the world, one child at a time, with an orphanage in Rwanda’s rift valley. Two decades later, in New York City, Rachel Shepherd, a white bartender in her mid-30s, lost and looking for her purpose in life, embarks on a journey to find the father who abandoned her as a child during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.When Rachel travels to Rwanda, searching for her father, she finds Lillian and a young Rwandan woman with secrets that bind her to her father. Together, they all discover something unexpected: grace when there can be no forgiveness.
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Melissa_J
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Set largely in Rwanda of the 1970s and in the years after the Rwandan Civil War, this novel features, among others, a young Tutsi woman who survived the Rwandan genocide. While I have yet to read this book, it is on my soon to read list.

#AfricanLady #WanderingJune

LeahBergen Oh, that old “soon to read” list. 😂😂 4w
Melissa_J @LeahBergen soon for me means within the next five years LOL 4w
Cinfhen This book sounds vaguely familiar 🧐 4w
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders It's really good!! 4w
BookNAround I really enjoyed this one. 4w
Melissa_J @Cinfhen I may have posted about it before. 4w
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PickingBooks
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The three leading ladies in ‘In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills‘ come from different backgrounds, but they all work together and support each other. This juxtaposed against the close-mindedness that caused the Rwandan genocide, makes ‘In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills‘ a beautiful work of art. Learn more about the book and the genocide on Picking Books: https://pickingbooks.com/blog/in-the-shadow-of-10000-hills

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EKonrad
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Jennifer Haupt's novel, set during the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, is haunting, yet beautiful at the same time. She authentically captures the horrific nature of genocide and the destruction it leaves in the hearts and minds of its survivors. Although the book feels slow at the start, I fell in love with the ending. I didn't guess how it would all be resolved, and I felt truly sad when I had to say goodbye to these characters. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Excellent. Strange to describe a book dealing with the genocide in Rwanda as beautiful, but it's a word I would use to describe this book. Beautiful debut! Looking forward to more by Jennifer Haupt and hopefully it won't be a 10 year wait - the length of time she took to write this book.

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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The library holds are flowing! Near the start of this one and enjoying it so far! (Although I'm inside drinking wine and reading - outside it's humid, muggy and full of mosquitoes 😒😞) I just took this the day I was outside for 5 minutes before it was death by mosquito. #southwesternontariosummer

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RidgewayGirl
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Panpan

There were some good elements here, but not enough to offset the jarring oddness of making a book set in a post-genocide Rwanda focus on a white American woman learning life lessons from the locals.

ReadingEnvy Ugh exactly... I had a review copy and kept trying to read it and wondering at the positive reviews. After a while the very horrific words like massacre are used as time markers... 12mo
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RidgewayGirl
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My reading stack for today. I love this stretch of late spring when the weather is ideal for sitting outside.

charl08 I want to read the aviator. Great stack. 1y
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ReadingEnvy
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First. Page. #jacaranda

Lindy 😃💜🌸 1y
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ptkpepe98
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At times heartbreaking, this is a beautiful story of defining family with the heart instead of the birthlines. The backdrop of the Rwandan genocide is a constant that informs the actions of everyone, even though time has passed. It could have been awful, and it is sometimes horrific, and always something I want to keep reading. I am about 80% done, so it won't be much longer. This is one I'll carry within for a while. #IntheShadowof10000Hills

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Bookmarkie
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I wasn't sure what I thought of this ARC when I first started reading. Now I'm hooked and genuinely care what happens to the characters. It's basically a family saga...
Families of birth parents and those that are family by bond and not blood. The horrors of Rwandan genocide and family loss are key to the story. Tragic, yet the resiliency of the characters shines through. Due for release April 1st. #netgalley #intheshadowof10000hills

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ptkpepe98

#NetGalley #IntheShadowof10000Hills

It took me a bit to make sense of the narrative, but now that I understand who and why, I am enjoying this well told story. This is full of the ghosts of the past, and the pain we endure, and yet, it still offers hope. I am looking forward to the rest.

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BookNAround
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I had a tennis match yesterday and since my line was staggered, I needed to take book with me to keep me occupied until it was my turn to play. I didn‘t want to take my Nook because the car was ridiculously cold so I pulled this one off the shelf.

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readingjedi
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This one kinda crept up on me. It seemed to change its character - and indeed its quality - part way through. In the early parts, I was close to DNFing - inconsistent characterization, dodgy & tenuous motivations, cookie cutter bad guy. Felt Rwanda was just a frame on which to hang the domestic relations/family dramas of chick lit. Too much jumping around time/POV-wise. THEN ... boom. In the last 1/4 the whole thing finally came together ... 👇👇

readingjedi ...the plotting, the structure, the writing itself seems to improve - not only is the whole mess salvaged but with satisfying and redeeming effect. It really packs a surprise emotional punch at last. So much so that I would definitely recommend this despite its early flaws (which could just be me being crabby and showing my lack of discernment). 1y
minkyb Great reflections! 1y
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readingjedi

Finally finished! And in a surprising turn of events this one went from a potential DNF to a wobbly so-so to a solid pick on the strength of a bazinga ending! Review to follow ... some time in the future ...

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readingjedi
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Need to get this one finished tonight. Kindle is charged, candle is lit .... something is missing.... An ice cold lager, maybe? Well, it is Friday night!

ElishaLovesBooks Sounds amazing! 1y
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readingjedi
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For some reason, this one is really taking some reading. Wonder if beer and Bugles will help?

Happy Valentine's Day, book peeps.

ephemeralwaltz 🍻👏 happy valentine's! 1y
tournevis I don't think I've had Bugles since the 1970s! 1y
readingjedi @tournevis 1970 is actually the amount of calories per serving ... and I've had two 😉🤣 1y
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OrangeMooseReads The only way to eat Bugles is off the tips of your fingers 1y
tournevis @readingjedi snort snort snort snort 1y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Excellent choice. Cheers! 🍻 1y
Sheryl63 Great combination, I've been drinking coffee for my V-Day dinner, I got a new espresso maker and I've knocking them back. I'm beginning to feel like Beavis without Butthead to control me. I always blame my 🐕 for keeping me awake...hmmm. 1y
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readingjedi
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Tonight's reading fragrance.

It smells like the peach scented talcum powder that Marks & Spencer used to sell in the 80s.

That's not a compliment.

JillR 😆 1y
Ms_T 😂😂😂 1y
Louise I live 20 minutes from the Yankee Candle Company. The whole place reeks of artificial perfume, and they play Christmas music in parts of it year-round. I've often thought it fits my idea of Pugatory. 😂 (edited) 1y
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Bookishgal71 😂😂😂 1y
tournevis snort snort snort snort snort 1y
Sheryl63 I bet it would drive my Zoe insane! I have diffusers in almost everyone because I‘ve lost a lot of my sense of smell. She‘ll walk into a room and start snorting and sneezing. 1y
Pamwurtzler 😂😂 1y
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readingjedi
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This ubiquitous line. Again.

My literary bête noire.

BookNAround Hehe. I always notice dust motes in books. They‘re pretty ubiquitous too. Most are swirling but occasionally they‘ll be doing something else instead. (edited) 1y
readingjedi I'm just glad these characters eventually do release the breath before they drop dead & ruin a perfectly good narrative! 🤣 1y
VeganCleopatra I hate that one, it seems like half of all authors feel the need to use it. Why are so many characters unaware of their own breathing? I usually grumble out loud each time I come across this line I dislike it so. 1y
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ButlerBorn Or “her heart beat in her chest”. Well, I hope so! 🙄 1y
SandyW 😂😂😂 1y
Bookmarkie She uses this line more than once in this book. Argh! 1y
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readingjedi
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Looking forward to this one! Happy Weekend fellow Littens!

#netgalley