The White Mary

The White Mary

Book - 2008
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A young woman journeys deep into the untamed jungle, wrestling with love and loss, trauma and healing, faith and redemption, in this sweeping debut from "the gutsiest woman adventurer of our day" ( Book Magazine ) Marika Vecera, an accomplished war reporter, has dedicated her life to helping the world's oppressed and forgotten. When not on one of her dangerous assignments, she lives in Boston, exploring a new relationship with Seb, a psychologist who offers her glimpses of a better world.Returning from a harrowing assignment in the Congo where she was kidnapped by rebel soldiers, Marika learns that a man she has always admired from afar, Pulitzer-winning war correspondent Robert Lewis, has committed suicide. Stunned, she abandons her magazine work to write Lewis's biography, settling down with Seb as their intimacy grows. But when Marika finds a curious letter from a missionary claiming to have seen Lewis in the remote jungle of Papua New Guinea, she has to wonder, What if Lewis isn't dead? Marika soon leaves Seb to embark on her ultimate journey in one of the world's most exotic and unknown lands. Through her eyes we experience the harsh realities of jungle travel, embrace the mythology of native tribes, and receive the special wisdom of Tobo, a witch doctor and sage, as we follow her extraordinary quest to learn the truth about Lewis-and about herself, along the way.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2008.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780805088472
Characteristics: 351 pages ; 24 cm


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iRead26 Jan 12, 2012

Captivating. Lots of gritty detail about work as a war correspondent, which is so important to Marika's character. I loved the parts about Marika's journey (physical and spiritual) through Papua New Guinea.

Feb 11, 2010

Very interesting read. I found the main character to be intriguing. Wonderful character development and scenery description. This books makes you think about attempting the impossible, taking chances and following dreams.

Sep 18, 2009

I really enjoyed this book. It appealed to the Anthropologist in me and I found the observations of Papua New Guinean culture very interesting. I think it is worth the read.

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