Winner of the Not The Booker Prize, Dark Chapter is a powerful, riveting, and thought-provoking novel.
About the book: Vivian is a cosmopolitan Taiwanese-American tourist who often escapes her busy life in London through adventure and travel. Johnny is a 15-year-old Irish teenager, living a neglected life on the margins of society.
On a bright spring afternoon in West Belfast, their paths collide during a horrifying act of violence. In the aftermath, each is forced to confront the chain of events that led to the attack. Inspired by true events, this is a story of the dark chapters and chance encounters that can irrevocably determine the shape of our lives.
The author, Winnie M. Li, is a courageous woman exploring the mind of an assailant, and her own assault, as an effort toward understanding and compassion. I felt Ms. Li’s story was my own, from the gripping prologue, “…a clean split struck straight down the breadth of your existence, severing your first twenty-nine years from all the years that come after…,” through to the end. I highly recommend this important work for others like me, survivors, who have struggled for years to find our own voices, our own understanding and compassion.
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