by Dave Eggers
Eggers has brought together his fiction writing skills and the very real story of a Sudanese refugee. Through years of interviewing Achak, the author took these stories and intricately wove them into a seamless novel based on a severe reality. The story depicts Achak's childhood as one of the now infamous "Lost Boys." Making his way to the United States, Achak is consistently confronted with questions about his place in his new home and his past through which everything is filtered. Although the on-going tragedy in Sudan has found its way into thousands of journalistic accounts, this book says something unique and in many ways more "real" than any nonfiction work could possibly offer.