The Pulitzer Prize– and National Book Award–winning author of The Soul of a New Machine and Mountains Beyond Mountains, Tracy Kidder here gives us the remarkable story of Deo, an ethnic Tutsi from Burundi who was nearly killed in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Smuggled to America, he eventually graduated from Columbia University and medical school at Dartmouth and returned to Burundi to build a clinic.
"That 63-year-old Tracy Kidder may have just written his finest work—indeed, one of the truly stunning books I've read this year—is proof that the secret to memorable nonfiction is so often the writer's readiness to be surprised. Deo's experience can feel like this era's version of the Ellis Island migration. Deo is propelled, so often, by pure will, and his victories ... summon a feeling of restored confidence in human nature and American opportunity. Then we plunge into hell. Having only glimpses of Deo's past, we suddenly get a full-blown portrait. Kidder's rendering of what Deo endured and survived just before he boarded the plane for New York is one of the most powerful passages of modern nonfiction."—NYTBR