WHILE THE SUN IS ABOVE US by Melanie Schnell
This is not a book I would usually gravitate towards. Generally speaking, if something looks a little dark or heavy, I go the other way. But I got the chance to hear Melanie read from her book during the Word on the Street festival last September and was so captivated by her reading that I immediately bought it and got her to sign it. I just finally had the chance to sit down and read it and I was blown away.
This is the story of two women; Adut, a Sudanese woman who is captured and held as a slave for eight years, and Sandra, a Canadian woman who left home looking for answers. Their lives are changed forever when chance brings them together for a short but profound moment.
This book is written from the perspective of both women, each sharing their story with the other. It's lovely and at times heart wrenching, a truly terrific read. Make sure you pick this one up and give it a read.