Internally displaced women carry firewood to Kalma Camp, near Nyala in Darfurin 2008: Michelle Green offers an artistic insight into a very complicated and murky war. The physical description of landscape is matched by the psychological detailing of people. Outer and inner worlds merge seamlessly as wounded people move through a ruined territory. Photograph: Reuters

The heart sank as soon as I read that Michelle Green “worked for a humanitarian aid agency in Darfur, and the stories in this book, although fictional(...)