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Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China by Paul French
Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China

Abigail Elias, January 1, 2013

This is an account of efforts to solve the mystery of how and why and by whom a young woman was murdered. In the process, the account introduces the reader to different neighborhoods, populations and personalities in Beijing at the time. The narrative is interesting for those reasons, but those aspects do not bog it down and the reader will keep turning the pages to see if and how the mystery is solved.
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In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner
In the Shadow of the Banyan

Abigail Elias, August 5, 2012

Although a work of fiction, In the Shadow of the Banyan is based in large part on the author and her family's experience when the Khmer Rouge came to power in Cambodia. The story is told from the perspective of a small child. The horrors of what she sees and has to endure are not easy to read. Throughout, we hear the narrator's struggle to understand, moving from innocence and naivete to a necessary level of understanding. However, there is always with a measure of love and hope that both helps moderate the pain and horror and helps her survive when others do not.
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Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli
Lotus Eaters

Abigail Elias, September 2, 2011

The title, which refers to a passage in The Odyssey (which Soli quotes) in which Odysseus warns his men not to eat the lotus in a foreign land because they won't want to leave if they do - provides a sense of the theme. The story is centered on Helen Adams, a photo-journalist who goes to Vietnam during the war after her brother was killed in action there. The book follows her development and evolution as a photo-journalist, her relationships with other photo-jurnalists, with the soldiers she travels with in the field and with the various Vietnamese with whom she works, does trade or photographs. The depiction of the war over a period of time, through Helen's eyes, is raw and insightful. The narrative also addresses how and whether a journalists' photographs portray the reality of a situation. Assuming the story is well-based in fact, it may be tough to read for some who served in Vietnam during the war as soldier, nurse or journalist. Helen's relationships are woven into and are an integral part of the whole story.
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Fortunate Son by Walter Mosley
Fortunate Son

Abigail Elias, January 23, 2010

Fortunate Son is a story of relationships that sometimes follow unexpected and unpredictable paths. Walter Mosley weaves together, entangles, unravels and tears apart the relationships among the characters in the story, combining disappointment and anger with hope. Fortunate Son is not part of one of Walter Mosley's series of books; it stands on its own.
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