A poignant, gripping novel about the refugee crisis challenging the globe. Recently retired and suddenly finding himself adrift, Richard becomes captivated by a group of young African refugees being housed by the German government in his quiet Berlin suburb—Who are these men? What do they want? The answers seem simple, yet issues of power, humanitarian responsibility, bureaucracy, and intolerance make their lives and reality complex. Erpenbeck is a skilled novelist, and her talent as a storyteller serves as a humanizing lens on a daunting political crisis.
Go, Went, Gone is imperative for us to read, discuss, and share.
–Erin, Annie Bloom’s Books, Portland, OR