Charter for Compassion International's Education Global Read
Join author Harriet Levin Millan and Michael Majok Kuch in a Book Discussion
How Fast Can You Run
February 22, 2017, 9 a.m. PT
A migrant novel based on the true story of "Lost Boy of Sudan" Michael Majok Kuch
“The best war novel told from a young boy’s perspective since Jerzy Kozinski’s The Painted Bird.”—Nyoul Lueth Tong, author of There is a Country: New Writing from the New Country of South Sudan
Set across the backdrop of refugee migration that spans East Africa, The US and Australia, How Fast Can You Run is the inspiring true story of a five-year-old boy's flight from war in Southern Sudan and his journey to find his mother. When the US grants approximately 4,000 unaccompanied minors political asylum, Majok becomes Michael, and he is given a new start in the US. Yet his new life is not without trauma, culminating when a fellow student betrays him. This is the story of a survivor who summons the courageous spirit of millions of refugees throughout history—and it lives on today.
Originally excerpted in The Kenyon Review (currently the #1 literary journal in the US), How Fast Can You Run is written with a poet's ear and by an activist who immersed herself in the refugee community and started, with her son, an eleventh grade high school student, and her students at Drexel University an organization that reunited several Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan with their mothers living abroad, some after an absence of twenty years. South Sudanese author and editor Nyuol Lueth Tong, editor, There is a Country: New Writing from the New Nation of South Sudan, calls How Fast Can You Run, "The best war novel written from a young boy's perspective since Jerzy Kosinski's The Painted Bird.
Read the first chapter here: http://www.charterforcompassion.org/how-fast-can-you-run