Giveaway: Naomi Benaron’s Running the Rift

Naomi Benaron’s riveting debut novel, Running the Rift (pub. date: January 17, 2012), chronicles the story of a gifted Rwandan boy, Jean Patrick Nkuba, from the day he knows that running will be his life (he dreams of competing in the Olympics) to the moment he must run to save his life, a ten-year span in which his country is undone by the Hutu-Tutsi tensions.

Running the Rift has already wracked up some serious buzz. Barbara Kingsolver calls it “Culturally rich and completely engrossing. This is truly fearless writing: ambitious, beautiful, and unapologetically passionate.” The Daily Beast included it as one of only nine titles in its Best Debuts of the Fall feature. It was one of only six titles featured earlier this year on the coveted Book Buzz panel at Book Expo America, the largest publishing trade show in the United States. And since that time, the novel has already earned two starred reviews from pre-publication trade magazines: Publishers Weekly (see below) and Library Journal.

Library Journal raves, “First novelist Benaron, who has actively worked with refugee groups, won the 2010 Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction for this unflinching and beautifully crafted account of a people and their survival. In addition, she compellingly details the growth and rigorous training of a young athlete. VERDICT Readers … will find this tale of social justice a memorable read, and those interested in coming-of-age stories set in wartime will want it as well. Highly recommended; readers who loved Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner will appreciate.”

Publishers Weekly enthuses, “Benaron accomplishes the improbable feat of wringing genuine loveliness from unspeakable horror… It is a testament to Benaron’s skill that a novel about genocide … conveys so profoundly the joys of family, friendship, and community.”

Interested in winning an Advance Reading Copy of the book? Leave a comment on our blog here or on our Facebook page. We’ll notify the five lucky winners next week. Good luck!

46 Comments On This Post:

September 28, 2011
10:36 am
Jennifer Gravley says...

I would love to win a copy! Thanks.

September 28, 2011
10:37 am
Grace says...

I would love to read this!

September 28, 2011
10:39 am
Jill G says...

Looks fantastic!

September 28, 2011
10:42 am
Kate says...

I would love to read this!

September 28, 2011
10:45 am
Kelly Andrews says...

This looks great — I’d love to win it but will read anyway!

September 28, 2011
10:45 am
Ruthie B says...

Sounds wonderful…count me in, thanks!

September 28, 2011
10:46 am
Jill Hartmann says...

Would love a copy – sound great!! Thanks!

September 28, 2011
10:46 am
Melissa says...

I can’t wait for this book! It looks so good.

September 28, 2011
10:47 am
Jada says...

Looks like a riveting read. Great cover too.

September 28, 2011
10:50 am
Colleen says...

It appears that my comments were posted multiple times.I couldn’t they went though.I’m sorry

September 28, 2011
10:51 am
D. Hopkins says...

Fingers crossed! This looks fabulous.

September 28, 2011
10:51 am
aimie says...

on my ‘must read’ list!

September 28, 2011
10:52 am
Jana Harver says...

I would love to read this book – and pass it on to friends!

September 28, 2011
10:54 am
Terrie says...

Looks like you’ve done it again – that perfect blend of story and voice. Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it!

September 28, 2011
10:55 am
Sharon Hyland says...

This looks like an amazing read. Can’t wait to read it. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

September 28, 2011
10:59 am
jamie m says...

I am such a fan of the Bellwether Prize books, and so excited to read Running the Rift! I am writing a paper for school about social justice in novels! I would love to win a copy!

September 28, 2011
11:16 am
Kathy says...

I’d love to win this one, and will read it whether won or not.

September 28, 2011
11:19 am
Tamara Young says...

This book looks very interesting! I would LOVE to read it!

September 28, 2011
11:24 am
Shannon says...

I would love to get a chance to read this book 🙂

September 28, 2011
11:25 am
Jon says...

Looks like a wonderful book. Thanks for the contest.

September 28, 2011
11:33 am
rhonda Lomazow says...

can`t wait to read it!!

September 28, 2011
11:36 am
Deb says...

I want to meet these families! Looking forward with pleasure to this read.

September 28, 2011
11:40 am
susan says...

Sure to be a must read, it looks like a very compelling story.

September 28, 2011
11:55 am
Sarah says...

Have read two Bellwether books and loved both – can’t wait to read the latest!

September 28, 2011
12:00 pm
Mary Vensel White says...

Would love to have the opportunity to read this before the public!

September 28, 2011
12:25 pm
Lucy says...

Wow!Can’t wait for this one…

September 28, 2011
12:55 pm
Summer says...

Looks great!

September 28, 2011
1:05 pm
Barbara says...

So looking forward to reading this book, and would love to be among the first to read it and spread the word.

September 28, 2011
1:27 pm
matkeltri says...

Sounds like a great book!

September 28, 2011
2:31 pm
Laurie Blum says...

I need to read this book!

September 28, 2011
3:10 pm
Daisy Simpson says...

This sounds amazing!

September 28, 2011
3:41 pm
nomadreader says...

I would love to win this one! I’m eagerly awaiting its release!

September 28, 2011
4:57 pm
Hope says...

What an exciting summary — can’t wait to read it. I’d love to win an advance copy. But don’t worry, I’ll buy it if I don’t win a copy.

September 28, 2011
5:24 pm
Erica says...

This looks awesome! Would love to read it.

September 28, 2011
6:40 pm
Linda says...

Sounds very interesting. A welcome addition to the various accounts, both fiction and nonfiction, of the Rwandan genocide. I’d love an advance edition.

September 28, 2011
6:42 pm
Kandy says...

This sounds wonderful! Thank you for the chance to win a copy!

September 29, 2011
6:21 am
Barbara says...

This sounds like a truly inspiring read; one that I could recommend for my book club. I’d love an ARC!

September 29, 2011
8:45 am
Lady Reader says...

Thanks so much for this awesome giveaway! Please enter me.


September 30, 2011
10:02 am
Jesse Lambertson says...

Yeah, enter me to…and let me win 😉
thank you.

September 30, 2011
1:30 pm
Anjelica Whitehorne says...

I’d really love to receive a copy of this book. I’ve been eagerly anticipating it’s arrival since I love Kingsolver, the Bellwether and I’ve loved the other winners!

October 6, 2011
7:14 am
Bhaskar Maji says...

I would like to get a copy and review it on my blog. Please send it over!

October 9, 2011
1:41 am
Robin Orr says...

This book sounds fabulous! I would love to be entered to win a copy to read and review. Thank you! Robin

October 15, 2011
10:47 pm
Judy Sears says...

January 17 is WAY too long to wait for this gem! I am a huge fan of Benaron’s (check out her short stories, as well). She is top flight, and every bit as insightful and poetic as Alexandra Fuller or any of our modern day writers. Pick me, and you won’t have a more enthusiastic reader. I’m sure it’s going to be BIG!!!

October 18, 2011
8:49 am
Trina Hayes says...

I would love a copy to review on my blog and to use in the three book clubs I facilitate. The topic and the writing sound perfect for book clubs.

March 5, 2012
6:42 am
Marvin Minkler says...

Would love to get a chance to will a signed copy and limited edition broadsides.
Would also like to request a review copy to read and review for The North Star Monthly here in Vermont.
Marvin Minkler
The North Star Monthly
425 Pleasant St.
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819

    March 5, 2012
    10:26 am
    admin says...

    Hi Marvin, A review copy is on its way.

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