The stories that replaced my textbooks

screen-shot-2016-10-07-at-00-14-51How do you know what it’s like to live in a developing country if you’ve never done it before? How can you understand the weeks without enough water, the fear that pervades every evening’s conversation, the allusions to “before” ?

Textbooks are rarely enough. And that’s where these novels come in: all of them, written within the last century, tell stories that bring to life the trials and tribulations that people so typically face growing up in countries ravaged by war, genocide, dictatorship, or merely a severe lack of resources.

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