This is Not Who We Are

Contemporary Fiction (Seren Books, June 2022)

In April 1994, the plane of the President of Rwanda was shot down over Kigali. His murder sparked a mass extermination of the Tutsi population and any Hutu who supported them which lasted 100 days, led to the gruesome death of 800,000 people, and was systematically ignored by the West.

Two girls. Victoria, a Rwandan girl, refugee in the  camp of Goma, Zaïre. Iris, a French girl, living in Paris. For a few months in 1994, they exchanged an unlikely correspondence. Then one day, the letters stop. What became of Victoria? Was Iris's father somehow involved in the genocide? 

Twenty years later, Iris has become a mother. Haunted by the fate of her pen friend, she investigates the genocide and uncovers details about the responsibility the French government played in the genocide, comes to suspect her own father's involvement and questions whether her childhood correspondence was a coincidence after all.  

 

As she does, she lends her voice to Victoria who takes us on a journey about guilt, family, and the power of remembering. 

"This novel is an attempt at making sense of the unthinkable and finding answers amongst the silence."

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