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What You Have Heard Is True
What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance | Carolyn Forche
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The powerful story of a young poet who becomes an activist through a trial by fire What You Have Heard is True is a devastating, lyrical, and visionary memoir about a young woman's brave choice to engage with horror in order to help others. Written by one of the most gifted poets of her generation, this is the story of a woman's radical act of empathy, and her fateful encounter with an intriguing man who changes the course of her life. She is twenty-seven when the mysterious stranger appears on her doorstep. The relative of a friend, he is a charming polymath with a mind as seemingly disordered as it is brilliant. She's heard rumors from her friend about who he might be: a lone wolf, a communist, a CIA operative, a sharpshooter, a revolutionary, a small coffee farmer, but according to her, no one seemed to know for certain. He has driven from El Salvador to invite Forch to visit and learn about his country. Captivated for reasons she doesn't fully understand, she accepts and becomes enmeshed in something beyond her comprehension. Together they meet with high-ranking military officers, impoverished farm workers, and clergy desperately trying to assist the poor and keep the peace. These encounters are a part of his plan to educate her, but also to learn for himself just how close the country is to war. As priests and farm-workers are murdered and protest marches attacked, he is determined to save his country, and Forch is swept up in his work and in the lives of his friends. Pursued by death squads and sheltering in safe houses, the two forge a rich friendship, as she attempts to make sense of what she's experiencing and establish a moral foothold amidst profound suffering. This is the powerful story of a poet's experience in a country on the verge of war, and a journey toward social conscience in a perilous time.
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Sumi
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This was intense. Forche‘s memoir of San Salvador & what made her a political poet.

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Suet624
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This was a quote from a year or two before the civil war in El Salvador. The statement has echoed throughout my days since reading it. There is always a breaking point. Always.

I‘m having trouble returning this book to the library. I‘ve had a visceral reaction to it - I want to hold and protect it. I want to hold those who lived through those times and protect them. And I want to sit beside those who read it and talk with them about it.

Cathythoughts Sounds amazing ! Stacked 5mo
Suet624 @Cathythoughts be sure to note my previous post. It‘s a brutal read. But being a poet, she adds so much in the telling of the story that it lingers like perfume. (edited) 5mo
Suet624 @Cathythoughts the book I‘m currently read is clearly affecting my writing! (“lingers like perfume” 😂😂 wow) 5mo
Reggie Lololol um I had totally matched on to that “lingers like perfume.” I dig authors who are poets!! 5mo
Reggie Latched not matched. 5mo
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This memoir is dedicated to Leonel Gomez Vides, as it should be. Leonel teaches the author about the history, impending war, and the role of the US in the slaughter of citizens in El Salvador while keeping her out of harm‘s way during her time there. His work in brokering peace, after the brutal deaths of 100,000 citizens, is astonishing. This is an extremely difficult book to read. The brutality of men & the role of the US in it all is 😭🤬🤯.

Suet624 There are amazing reviews with personal experiences reported on Goodreads. Definitely worth a peek. 6mo
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A quote that NPR highlights from the book. While this quote is about the state of a nation, with gun deaths constantly on the rise, the oppression of guns, the NRA, the politicians who kowtow to the gun lobby and the angry white man came to mind this morning. Something better is definitely possible.

AmyG Each time I think maybe....this is the turning point. So now, again, I think.....maybe. (edited) 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage This is so relevant. Thanks. 6mo
Reggie Honestly, I don‘t think El Paso would have ever happened if there wasn‘t so much border talk, if we didn‘t have Trump, who said Mexicans were rapists and murderers, I lived 30 minutes away from El Paso for 10 years. I never felt unsafe when I was there. And for the longest time they were in the top 3 for safest cities that have populations of 500k or more. Yesterday broke my heart. 6mo
Suet624 @Reggie I agree with you. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this. I‘m so sorry. 6mo
Suet624 @AmyG Me too. 6mo
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Rhondareads
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Sounds like a fascinating memoir.