Monday, June 13, 2016
Two Brothers by Gregory Sandler
A decade earlier in war-torn Sudan, two young orphaned brothers were shockingly torn apart.
That one fateful day would alter their lives forever. While Arif was fortunate to have escaped and grow up in the comfort and stability of the United States, Umar was left behind in a world of loneliness and despair, where survival was his only goal.
For the next ten years they would have no contact with each other; only left with the memories of what had been and the crippling doubt of how the other was living.
A series of chance events sees their lives intersect once more, but their second chance at a life together is threatened by a corrupt government and officials with self-interest who will stop at nothing to get in their way.
Two Brothers is a heart-wrenching, suspenseful and powerful story about loss, perseverance and the unmatched strength a brotherly bond.
Two Brothers is yet another book that I might not have picked up on my own but am glad that I had the opportunity to read. The thought that people, especially children, have to live and try to survive in places and situations as were described in this book just hurts my heart! I can't even imagine it! It reminds us how blessed we are to have the freedom and choices that we have.
The other subject that was brought up is racism even here in the United States. Once again, I am so blessed that I haven't even had to witness racism where I live, around the people I am frequently with. I live around and spend time with people of all races and, thankfully, have never had to deal with the ignorance of racism.
Two Brothers is a book that touches your heart and really makes you think. It is less than 200 pages long so it is a fairly quick read and is definitely worth reading.
*Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.