A must read "for teachers and students
As we embrace the changes taking place in our country and around the world, Waiting for the Sunrise is a stark reminder of
how much is sadly still the same. This book should be a must read for students.
Important subject, not often discussed
By Sholeh S. Loehle "fireflyinthecity" (Chicago)
They're dead. I know they are dead." Phanuel stated without looking up. "Phanuel, we don't know. Please don't let go of the hope that some are still alive. They need you to keep the hope," I pleaded. "What can I do, Liz? What can I do? I can't do anything. I don't think you understand how it feels to not be able to do anything. On top of that, I am watching every day as my classmates, my teachers, my neighbors are being killed. It is not just my family. My history is being murdered," Phanuel said as tears began to form in his eyes. (excerpt from the book) . Reading Waiting for the Sunrise helped me gain insights into the difficulties that an interracial/intercultural marriage can face, informed me about the impact of the Rwandan civil war and Rwandan culture, and often brought me to tears. I found myself getting so engrossed in the book that I would look up and realize that it was several hours later than I thought it was. Their story is a compelling one, and necessary in a world that has more porous borders than before, but still struggles to learn how to accept the reality and necessity of the oneness of humanity. There are not enough accounts of the transforming power of love, service, and faith, and the author writes in an engaging and personable way that made me wish the book would never end.
Real Life Drama,
By Barbara Stone (Ohio, USA)
With courageous honesty, Liz Gatorano shares the story of her life and how she came to marry her beloved husband, Phanuel, an immigrant from Rwanda. Skillfully, the author weaves back and forth chapter by chapter between the present day racist challenges Phanuel faced as a black man in America in a inter-racial marriage and the hardships of his childhood in Rwanda during the time leading up to and through the 1994 genocide. A friend sent me this book, unsolicited. To be polite, I picked it up to scan through it and send a thank-you note; however, Gatorano immediately engaged me with her dramatic storytelling, and I could not put the book down! This "inside story" helped me understand that human nature is the same across cultures. Liz and Phanuel inspire us all to keep choosing the power of love and forgiveness, no matter what!
Outstanding Book on Many Levels
By Elizabeth J. Vick (Virginia)
As a professor of Intercultural Communication, I have found Waiting for the Sunrise to be extremely useful in the classroom. Sometimes I simply read excerpts to my students as a mean of opening discussion about a theory we are covering. At other times, we delve into the issues raised in the book with more depth. For example, Elizabeth Gatorano addresses racial issues with such honesty that I found students able to analyze this sensitive topic without relying on arguments they've already heard. The book helps them see the complexity of the issue from a variety of angles, and they identify with the struggles she portrays. In addition, on a personal note, Waiting for the Sunrise is one of those books that you just can't get out of your mind. I've recommended the book to every friend I have who loves to read. The relationships in the book are addressed with clear-eyed realism matched with sensitivity for the frailties of all human beings. Elizabeth Gatorano's portrayal of her family relationships helped me reexamine, and ultimately understand a little better, my own family relationships. I highly recommend this book. You will love it.
This is a must read
By Gregory Sloan "Sleepless Night Reader" (Schaumburg, IL)
This is a must read you won't be able to put it down. Can't wait for the movie, WoW.