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It seems almost possible to fully comprehend the ongoing AIDS catastrophe in Sub-Saharan Africa. Not only does the region account for more than three quarters of all AIDS deaths and 91 percent of all infections among children; the toll keeps rising. The number of Africans living with HIV is nearing 25 million and the number of AIDS living in the region already exceeds 11.5 million. Novelist Uzodinma Iweala (Beasts of No Nation) now presents this modern plague not in dizzying statistics, but in the lives of men and women, healthy and ill, who are affected by it. With a sensitivity to their individual situations, he speaks with doctors and nurses; teachers, truck drivers, and shopkeepers; sex workers, widows, and widowers; students and orphans. Indeed, reading Our Kind of People, one realizes that this terrible disease registers not only among the victims that it kills, but those who it leaves waiting for death, and those it leaves behind to watch. Editor's recommendation.