A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
by Anthony Marra
Published: May 2013
Interwoven narratives of civilians in a rural village of Chechnya and how their lives progress amidst the first and second Chechen wars. Beautifully composed, heartbreaking, and optimistic in the strength people find when pushed to their limits. While this is a work of fiction, many of the stories and experiences come from nonfiction work – which honestly makes the story’s impact that much more devastating.
5 out of 5 stars: I maybe cried. Quite a bit.