Regarding the Feb. 8 Metro article “Taking on a literary classic”:

Beloved” is one of the books that haunt me. It is a shining example of how fiction can help us confront events, ideas and realities that would otherwise be too difficult to process. But the distance that the book provides from the trauma facing its characters can sometimes seem razor-thin.

During my last year of college, I hurled the book across my apartment in fury more than once. It was my second time reading it — the first time was in high school — and it hurt to read the words on those pages. But my pain was nothing compared to what really happened more than a century ago, and the struggle I went through in opening myself up to those words and characters made all the difference. 

I am glad the Fairfax County School Board turned down this challenge.

Jeetander Dulani, Washington