Blood feuds between families have their place in American history, but they’re largely relegated to the past and the fierce disputes of the Hatfields and McCoys, the Earps and Clantons, and the Reese and Townsends. It’s been a full century since the last epic American feud erupted, but elsewhere in the world it’s a far more common occurrence, such as in the turbulent communities of Albania where conflicts can keep some families sequestered for days, months, or even years. Joshua Marston
’s excellent The Forgiveness of Blood
covers just such a happening, and tells it through the eyes of the children of a man forced into hiding after an argument escalates and reopens old wounds.