Coming of age during a time of war: fighting, dying, surviving. First-person accounts from around the world.
Seventeen writers contribute essays about how they became adults in times of war. Essays focus on modern history but take no sides. Vietnam from both sides. Bosnia. The Gulf War. Rwanda. Juárez. El Salvador. The list goes on and on. There are no winners, just the survivors left behind. Picking up the pieces.
A Talib in Love by Qais Akbar Omar / AFGHANISTAN
No Longer Young by Phillip Cole Manor / VIETNAM
Holland 1944-45 by Elisabeth Breslav / THE NETHERLANDSAcross the River by Nikolina Kulidžan / BOSNIA
Hand-Me-Down War Stories by Jerry Mathes / U.S.
Left Behind in El Salvador by René Colato Laínez / EL SALVADOR
Ways of the Khmer Rouge by Peauladd Huy / CAMBODIA
My War and His War by Alia Yunis / LEBANON, PALESTINE, U.S.
Our America by Marnie Mueller / JAPANESE INTERNMENT CAMPS, U.S.
Exiled to Gansu Province by Xiaomei Lucas as told to Becky Powers / CHINA
Brass Shells by Aria Minu-Sepehr / IRAN
Half a Continent, Step by Step by Andie Miller / RWANDA, DRC, SOUTH AFRICA
Statistical Life by David Yost / BURMA, THAILAND
The Light of Gandhi's Lamp by Hilary Kromberg Inglis / SOUTH AFRICA
From Fear to Hope: Raising Our Children in the World's Most Violent City by Fito Avitia / JUÁREZ, MÉXICO
A Separate Escape: The Chin of Burma & the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program by Rebecca Henderson / BURMA, MALAYSIA, U.S.
Symphony No.1 (In Memoriam, Dresden, 1945) by David Griffith / U.S., IRAQ, GERMANY