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“Run Me To Earth” by Paul Yoon – 288 p.

Alisak, Prany, and Noi—three orphans united by devastating loss—must do what is necessary to survive the perilous landscape of 1960s Laos. When they take shelter in a bombed out field hospital, they meet Vang, a doctor dedicated to helping the wounded at all costs. Soon the teens are serving as motorcycle couriers, delicately navigating their bikes across the fields filled with unexploded bombs, beneath the indiscriminate barrage from the sky. Spanning decades, this “richly layered” book weaves together storylines laced with beauty and cruelty. Yoon’s “greatest skill lies in crafting subtle moments that underline the strange and specific sadness inherent to trauma” and this book is a breathtaking historical feat and a fierce study of the powers of hope, perseverance, and grace.

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