People increasingly are searching for ways to put the demons of the past to rest. That search has led parents to seek out the murderers of their children and torture victims to confront their former tormentors. In a narrative drawing on the personal and dramatic stories of people from Texas to East Timor, Cose explores the limits and the promise of those encounters.
"Bone to Pick" is not only the story of victims who have found peace through confronting the source of their pain; it is also a profound meditation on how the past shapes the present, and how history's wounds, left unattended, can fester for generations. Time does not heal all, Cose points out. Memories and anger can linger long beyond a human lifespan. The descendants of Holocaust survivors and African slaves alike feel the effects of their forebears' pain -- and in some cases are still demanding restitution.
What is behind the movement for reparations? Why are truth-and-reconciliation commissions sprouting all over the world? Why are old wars being refought and old wounds being reopened? In "Bone to Pick," Ellis Cose provides a moving and nuanced guide to such questions as he points the way toward a more harmonious world.
Much of living, both for nations and individuals, is about dealing with the pain that is caused by others. "Bone to Pick" explores how readers can go about the business of accepting that pain, getting past it, or even--when necessary--reconciling.