Hope lives in Africa. Twenty years after the genocide that left Rwanda in ruins, Giller Prize-winning author Will Ferguson travels deep into the once-mysterious "Land of a Thousand Hills" with his friend and cohort Jean-Claude Munyezamu, a man who escaped Rwanda just months before the killings began.
From the legendary Source of the Nile to Dian Fossey's famed "gorillas in the mist," from innovative refugee camps along the Congolese border to the world's most escapable prison, from tragic genocide sites to open savannahs and a bridge to freedom, from schoolyard soccer pitches to a cunning plan to get rich on passion fruit, Ferguson and Munyezamu discover a country reborn.
Funny, engaging, poignant, and at times heartbreaking, Road Trip Rwanda is the lively tale of two friends, the open road, and the hidden heart of a continent.
Will Ferguson spent five years in Asia, based in Japan, with travels to Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea, and China. He is the author of Beyond Belfast, which charts a 560-mile walk across Northern Ireland in the rain, and Hitching Rides with Buddha, about an end-to-end journey across Japan by thumb. His work has been published in twenty-three languages and twice nominated for an IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. A three-time winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour, his most recent novel, 419, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for literature. He lives in Calgary with his wife, Terumi, and their two sons.
Praise for Road Trip Rwanda:
“Funny and moving, powerful and tragic, Road Trip Rwanda is a stunning read about hope, redemption, and friendship in a country emerging from a national nightmare. Only Will Ferguson could achieve such a delicate and satisfying balance. Brilliant and breathtaking.” —Terry Fallis, two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour for the novels The Best Laid Plans and No Relation
“A thoughtful and eloquent examination of the Rwandan genocide? and how it has shaped generations at home and abroad. A compelling, lyrical, and thought-provoking read, suffused with just the right amount of wit.” —Dr. Samantha Nutt, Founder of War Child and bestselling author of Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid
Praise for Will Ferguson:
“The funniest writer in Canada.” —The National Post
“Pierre Berton with attitude.” —Montreal Gazette
“Ferguson has carved out a big niche as one of our most irreverent, funniest writers.” —The Globe and Mail
“Will Ferguson writes like a house on fire.” —Vancouver Sun
“Brilliantly entertaining.” —The Times (UK)
“Sometimes touching, sometimes amusing and always true ... as a wordsmith and traveler, Ferguson knows where he is going.” —The Boston Globe
“Ferguson possesses a crafty eye for detail, not to mention a highly developed understanding of the essential folly in what passes for everyday life.” —Edmonton Journal