Created June 13, 2023 by Patty Wurster

New York: West Central Upstate

Don't Look Back:A Memoir of War, Survival, and My Journey from Sudan to America by Achut Deng and Keely Hutton (Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Inc.) A deadly attack in South Sudan left six-year-old Achut Deng without a family until a refugee relocation program gave her the opportunity to move to the United States. The chance at starting a new life in a new country came with a different set of challenges. Some of them equally deadly. Taught by the strong women in her life not to look back, Achut kept moving forward, overcoming one obstacle after another, facing each day with hope and faith in her future. Yet, just as Achut began to think of the US as her home, a tie to her old life resurfaced, and for the first time, she had no choice but to remember her past. In this powerful, and propulsive memoir, Achut Deng and Keely Hutton tell a harrowing and inspiring story showing both the ugliness and the beauty of humanity, and the power of not giving up.