With good reason the New York Times Book Review used “Truth and Reconciliation” as its headline for a review of Carolyn Coman’s Many Stones (2000). Hazel Rochman, like other reviewers of this book, commends the author’s comparison of a fractured family with the opposing sides in a warring South Africa, and the possibility of reconciling them. Coman once commented in an interview in TeenReads Newsletter: “I don’t pick troubling material because I want to make a political statement.” But whatever her motivation, Many Stones is a thoroughly political novel.