Literary Reviews

“Absorbing…‘Strength in What Remains’ is perhaps at its finest an examination of the nature of human charity and good will.”

—Dwight Garner, The New York Times

“It is a mark of the skill and empathy of Mr. Kidder, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, that he makes Deo’s story come alive believably—as the experience of a real individual—and avoids…the usual tropes of a triumph-of-the-human-spirit tale. [T]he book encourages a general hope that individuals can ­transcend even the greatest horrors.”
—Wall Street Journal

“‘Strength in What Remains’ builds in magnitude and poignancy. It is moving without being uplifting, because Kidder has the intelligence to avoid any hint of the saccharine within its pages.”
—Chicago Tribune

“Nobody writes nonfiction like Tracy Kidder…[STRENGTH] is an intimate portrait of human beings in circumstances both incredible and ordinary, gracefully and unforgettably drawn…With inimitable clarity, Kidder illuminates the complexity of ethnic cleansing, immigration, global finance, public health, and especially the refugee experience, in an extraordinary feat of empathetic biography.”
The Onion, A.V. Club

“[Tracy Kidder’s] kind of literary journalism…involves seeing the world through the eyes of those he writes about; not judging them, simply presenting them as they move through life… Kidder is one of the best, if not the best, at it, garnering a Pulitzer, a National Book Award and generations of grateful readers.”
—Susan Salter Reynolds, The Los Angeles Times

“Tracy Kidder’s new book ‘Strength in What Remains’ is…a narrative infused with a broad, universal appeal and occasional touches of brilliance. He offers us fine prose, complex characters, and realistic portrayals. Deo’s resilience, his struggle to overcome adversity strikes a chord in all of us. His story reaffirms our hope that one person can make a difference… [T]his book is one not to be missed.”
—Seattle Times

“Tracy Kidder is probably one of the few authors alive who can craft a narrative from the extremes of despair and hope and make it work beautifully. Kidder is a master of creative nonfiction, employing both journalistic and novelistic techniques to tell a true story, compellingly.”
—Steve Weinberg, Raleigh News & Observer

“With an anthropologist’s eye and a novelist’s pen, Pulitzer Prize–winning Kidder (Mountains Beyond Mountains) recounts the story of Deo, the Burundian former medical student turned American émigré at the center of this strikingly vivid story…. This profoundly gripping, hopeful and crucial testament is a work of the utmost skill, sympathy and moral clarity.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A tale of ethnocide, exile and healing by a master of narrative nonfiction…. Terrifying at turns, but tremendously inspiring…a key document in the growing literature devoted to postgenocidal justice.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Read this book, and it’s one that you will not likely forget. The story of a journey, classical in its way, but contemporary and very modern in its details. It’s written with such simplicity and lucidity that it transcends the moment and becomes as powerful and compelling as those journeys of myth.”
—Jonathan Harr, author of A Civil Action

“Believe me, at the end of this riveting narrative, your eyes will not be dry.”
—Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold’s Ghost and Bury the Chains

Full articles and/or reviews of the book…

Against the Odds By Ron Suskind

A Healer Born of Genocide By Marie Arana

Surviving in the City, Against All Odds By Dwight Garner

Out of Burundi, Into America By William Easterly

Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder By Mardi Stewart


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