Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace

Robert’s family moves to Zimbabwe after Mugabe comes to power. He is sent to a local boarding school and his struggle to fit in is played out against a background of political turmoil. As someone new in the country, Robert does not carry any memories and scars from the civil war that raged through the country but his peers are different and Robert learns that not everyone, white or black, are able to move on from the atrocities of the civil war.

A powerful and fascinating read which gives the reader an understanding of the fallout of the civil war in Zimbabwe and the damage it caused to all Zimbabweans, black or white. At times harrowing and brutal, it is a compelling and interesting tale which makes the reader realise that sometimes right and wrong are not so clearly defined.

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