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Reviewed by Sheena Monnin for Readers' Favorite
And Still We Rise by Jordan Steven Sher is a powerful story of survival against all odds, overcoming tragedies, and keeping hope alive in the face of unbelievable brutality. This book tells the story of a family torn apart during the genocide in Bosnia in the 1990s. Each family member is ripped from their happy life and sent to ‘camps’ where they individually and collectively face cruelty, abuse in the extreme, and a systematic attempt to break them down psychologically, all because they were unjustly labeled as a danger to society due to their heritage. In the end, their resilience speaks of the power of the human spirit and the bonds that tie us together despite the forces that would seek to destroy us. This story ends with hope, healing and celebrates the will to persevere.
Each section of this book is written with candor and objectivity. The reader is initially drawn in by the peaceful lives the family members live, and the opening sets up the story perfectly for the drastic changes that are to come for each person in the story. And Still We Rise by Jordan Steven Sher is a chilling reminder of the depths humans can sink to for the sake of an errant belief system and how quickly people can turn on each other. It is also a beautiful reminder of the strength of love, family ties, and the hope that better days will come, even if justice can never be fully achieved. This story needs to be told and read worldwide as it brings the message of peace and unity at its core, encouraging the reader to find the things that unify us and not divide us.