Resurrection in May by Lisa Samson (Thomas Nelson, August 3, 2010), 336 pages
May Seymour’s graduated from college, but she’s still adrift. So when she has a chance to go to Rwanda on a mission trip, she takes it. She’s there as the genocide begins.
I participated in a Faith ‘n’ Fiction round table discussion of this book.
The writing is mesmerizing. The characters are beautifully drawn, so very human.
I quite enjoyed the journalism and photography aspects of the story. I found the rural Kentucky setting endearing.
It was an angle on the Rwandan genocide that I hadn’t experienced before, and I quite appreciated it (as I have other representations). It doesn’t, by any means, replace the need for Hotel Rwanda and the like, but it does provide a different aspect of the story. I think this story is a bit more accessible than some others, because it doesn’t begin and end in the genocide.
The healing, forgiveness, growth and resurrection themes were profound, gorgeous.
Really a great book. Awesome. All the praise I’ve heard for Lisa Samson is warranted, based on this book. I’m glad I finally read one of her books; this will definitely not be my last Samson read.
About the author
Lisa Samson lives in Kentucky.
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