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The Washington PostBoianjiu's prose has a flat, harsh glare that can seem benumbing at first but evokes the deadening that comes of constant war. Part of this impressive book's power is that it manages to re-create and rupture that numbness, war's tedium and the damage it does to memory, intimacy, thought and affection…It's a tribute to Boianjiu's artistry and humanity that she portrays those on both sides of the barbed wire as loved and feared. The People of Forever Are Not Afraid is a fierce and beautiful portrait of the damage done by war.
—E. J. Levy