Disturbed in Their Nests: A Journey from Sudan's Dinkaland to San Diego's City Heights

Deng, Alephonsion & . 9 CDs. Blackstone Audio. Nov. 2018. 11:20 hrs. ISBN 9781455164714. $34.99. digital download. MEMOIR
OrangeReviewStarDeng, along with his brother Benson and cousin Benjamin, were part of the group known as the Lost Boys of Sudan. Thousands of orphaned boys left Sudan to walk across several countries to a refugee camp. There, they waited for a chance to be sent to America. Here, Bernstein, the woman who helped Deng and his brother when they arrived in San Diego in 2001, comes into the story. This book is the follow-up to Deng and Bernstein's 2005 best seller They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys of Sudan. The book alternates between Deng's and Bernstein's points of view. There are both funny and sad adventures as Deng learns American culture and searches for work and shelter. Bernstein's chapters are from the position of a privileged suburban mother trying to help these young men acclimate. Narrators Dion Graham and Suzie Althens perfectly capture their characters.
VERDICT Fans of Deng and Bernstein's previous work, the story of the Lost Boys, and of refugees and their incredible courage and willingness to embrace a new culture will find much to ponder.

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