daBook Club Reads: 'Deogratias: A Tale of Rwanda'

Deogratias: A Tale of RwandaThe holiday season is one of the best times of the year. The food is great, the company is even better. There's nothing quite like the joy that comes from giving and getting gifts.

But, the season can also be overwhelming. Thanksgiving turns into Christmas. You've spent all of your money on gifts and parties. You're exhausted and stretched thin by your family. There's only so much you can take of those pesky grandparents or Aunt so-and-so marveling at how tall you've gotten. Or, maybe, the holiday season is rough because you don't have any of that.

Sometimes it's easy to lose perspective and forget how much we have. That's why I've chosen Deogratias: A Tale of Rwanda for our book club read this month. It's not uplifting. It won't make you feel good, but it will definitely kick that annoying Christmas jingle that you picked up at the mall right out of your head. 

Deogratias is a graphic novel that depicts the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda, as seen through the eyes of a boy named Deogratias. He is an ordinary teenager, in love with a girl named Bénigne, but Deogratias is a Hutu and Bénigne is a Tutsi who dies in the genocide. As the story circles around but never depicts the terror and brutality of an entire country descending into violence, we watch Deogratias in his pursuit of Bénigne, and we see his grief and descent into madness following her death, as he comes to believe he is a dog.

Come and pick up and copy at the front desk! The book discussion will be on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m.