2019 Nationwide E-book Award Finalist

“Studying it is going to amendment you, in all probability eternally.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Unbelievable, robust, so essential at the moment.” –Margaret Atwood

What You Have Heard is True is a devastating, lyrical, and visionary memoir a couple of younger lady’s courageous selection to interact with horror in an effort to help others. Written via one of the talented poets of her technology, That is the tale of a lady’s radical act of empathy, and her fateful come across with an fascinating guy who adjustments the process her lifestyles.

Carolyn Forché is twenty-seven whilst the mysterious stranger seems on her doorstep. The relative of a loved one, he’s a captivating polymath with a thoughts as reputedly disordered as it’s good. She’s heard rumors from her loved one approximately who he could be: a lone wolf, a communist, a CIA operative, a sharpshooter, a modern, a small espresso farmer, however in keeping with her, nobody looked as if it would recognise for positive. He has pushed from El Salvador to ask Forché to talk over with and know about his usa. Captivated for purposes she does not totally take note, she accepts and turns into enmeshed in one thing past her comprehension.

Together they meet with prime-rating army officials, impoverished farm employees, and clergy desperately looking to help the bad and stay the peace. Those encounters are part of his plan to teach her, but additionally to be told for himself simply how shut the rustic is to battle. As monks and farm-employees are murdered and protest marches attacked, he’s decided to save lots of his usa, and Forché is swept up in his paintings and within the lives of his buddies. Pursued via demise squads and sheltering in secure homes, the 2 forge a wealthy friendship, as she makes an attempt to make feel of what she’s experiencing and identify an ethical foothold amidst profound struggling. That is the robust tale of a poet’s revel in in a rustic at the verge of battle, and a adventure towards social sense of right and wrong in a dangerous time.