Sigrid Nunez. For Rouenna.

Photo: Saigon, South Vietnam….Lieutenant Frances Crumpton and Miss Nangnoi Tongkim, a Thai nurse, talk with an American soldier wounded in the Vietnam war. Naval Photographic Center, 1966

Devoured this book over two days’ breaks from jury duty. The most important thing I got from this book was Nunez’s thinking about personal and community responsibility to tell stories that are not “her” or “our” (or “my”) own, and the necessity of crossing identity lines (while still recognizing how they shape and bind our thinking) to tell those stories. Powerful stuff.

Read: October 2010

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