The Atlas of Forgotten Places by Jenny D. Williams
(St. Martin’s Press – July 11, 2017)
In striking contrast, THE ATLAS OF FORGOTTEN PLACES, manages to be incredibly beautiful while set against one of the most horrifying backdrops imaginable. This is the second book I have read in the past month about the Ugandan Civil War and Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (the first being the YA novel SOLDIER BOY by Keely Hutton), and I just can not stop thinking about how much most of us in the US do not, but should, know about the horrors of this conflict.
ATLAS brings us a small glimpse of this world through a fictional lens, into the lives of Sabine (a German former aid worker) and a Rose (a Ugandan woman with a tragic past) as they search for Sabine’s missing niece in the most dangerous of places. Williams weaves the story with suspense and heartbreaking questions of whether it is ever possible to atone for the sins of others and whether the international aid community can truly save the world.
This book covers a vital and heavy topic while being intensely readable. One of the must-read books of summer 2017, THE ATLAS OF FORGOTTEN PLACES will haunt readers in the most necessary of ways.
Note: The author’s note in this book provides extensive history and authenticity to the true events that are the setting for the story.
Thank you to the author for providing me with a advance copy of this novel for review – all opinions are my own.
**** AND, somewhat related – my feature of Soldier Boy (YA novel mentioned above) will be featured on the Nerdy Book Club blog tomorrow (Sunday, July 9th)!!! Stay tuned here tomorrow for a direct link!