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First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria: How a Peace Corps Poster Boy Won My Heart and a Third-World Adventure Changed My Life

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“Eve Brown-Waite writes as she lives – with verve and humor and a fine sense of the absurd.”  --  Martin Troost, author of Lost on Planet China

 

   Eve Brown’s dream is to join the Peace Corps … and maybe solve world hunger and win a Nobel Peace Prize along the way. But she secretly fears she isn’t tough enough to survive the bug-infested jungle, much less life without toilet paper and decaf cappuccino.  Then she falls head-over-little-black-heels in love with John--a dashing Peace Corps recruiter whose do-gooder passions outshine her own. She becomes more determined than ever to get into the Peace Corps – and to win John’s heart in the process.             

   Assigned to Ecuador, she yearns for warm showers and cold beers (instead of the other way around!) .  And though she occasionally  finds herself overwhelmed  by her work  reuniting homeless children with their families,  she  learns to delight in small successes.  But a year into her service, a tragedy befalls one of her fellow volunteers which unearths troubling memories from Eve’s past and causes her to return, rather unceremoniously, to the US.   Back home, Eve attempts to settle down with John and get reacquainted with the joys of sushi and supermarkets.  But faster than she can say “pass the malaria pills,” John accepts a job with CARE in a remote corner of Africa and Eve gets a second chance to test her mettle in the Third World. 

   With uproarious wit and candor, Eve Brown-Waite details the (mis)adventures that ensue.  From intestinal parasites and guerrilla warfare, to culture clashes, and unexpected friendships, First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria captures the thrills and absurdities of global humanitarian life in a story any globetrotter - armchair or otherwise - will love.   

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In this laugh-out-loud funny memoir, a pampered city girl falls head over little-black-heels in love with a Peace Corps poster boy and follows himliterallyto the ends of the earth.

Eve Brown always thought she would join the Peace Corps someday, although she secretly worried about life without sushi, frothy coffee drinks, and air conditioning. But with college diploma in hand, it was time to put up or shut up. So with some ambivalence she arrives at the Peace Corps officesporting her best safari chic attire to casually look into the steps one might take if one were to become a global humanitarian, à la Angelina Jolie. But when Eve meets John, her dashing young Peace Corps recruiter, all her ambivalence flies out the window. She absolutely must join the Peace Corpsand win John's heart in the process. Off to Ecuador she goes andafter a year in the jungle - back to the States she runs, vowing to stay within easy reach of a decaf cappuccino for the rest of her days. 

But life had other plans. Just as she's getting reacquainted with the joys of toilet paper, John gets a job with CARE, and Eve must decide if shes up for life in another third-world outpost. Before you can say, "pass the malaria prophylaxis," the couple heads off to Uganda, and the fun really beginsif one can call having rats in your toilet fun. Fortunately, in Eves case one certainly can, because, to her, every experience is an adventure to be embraced, and these pages come alive with all of the alternatively poignant and uproarious details. 

With wit and candor, First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria chronicles Eves misadventures as an aspiring do-gooder. From intestinal parasites to getting caught in a civil war, culture clashes to unexpected friendships, here is an honest and laugh-out-loud funny look at the search for love and purpose–from a woman who finds both in the last place she expected to find them.

About the Author

EVE BROWN-WAITE was a finalist for Iowa Review, Glimmer Train, and New Millennium Writings awards for stories she wrote about her time abroad. She lives with her husband and two children in Massachusetts.

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Nanci Tangeman, May 4, 2010 (view all comments by Nanci Tangeman)
Anyone who lives for any length of time in a developing country brings something home: native handicrafts, an exotic partner, a recurring infection of malaria. In Eve Brown-Waite’s case, she brought funny, poignant stories. It took her fifteen years, but she finally published them in her debut, First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria: How a Peace Corps Poster Boy Won my Heart and a Third-World Adventure Changed my Life. The paperback has just been released.

Brown-Waite’s book is a two-fer. It not only traces her Peace Corps stint in Ecuador, but also her life as an accompanying spouse with CARE in Uganda. Both of the foreign sojourns she chronicles are strangely accessible. Unlike reality TV, where we strain to relate to Type-A celebrity seekers, Brown-Waite drops us quietly off the grid – no fanfare, no cash prize, no risk of being voted off the island. We ride along with her as she searches for her opportunity to save the world, as well as when she’s just looking for an ice cold beer.

Brown-Waite begins her story with a confession: Someday she wants to join the Peace Corps. We meet her on “someday,” the day of her Peace Corps interview. This is also the day she meets her recruiter, the “Peace Corps Poster Boy” of the subtitle. It’s our first glimpse of Brown-Waite’s ability to make us laugh out loud -- before she even leaves the country.

The magic of Brown-Waite’s memoir is how she manages to turn her mundane stories into adventures, whether she’s rationing tampons, ironing “everything” to get rid of mango fly eggs or bartering her pink trousers away at the market. They’re believable in the way the stories from our own days are believable, yet she still transports us out of our everyday lives.

There’s the romance with “Saint John” (including one of the best come-on lines ever). There’s the foreign intrigue, complete with AK-47s. We live through the anguish of a [supposedly] failed Peace Corps assignment. And we watch Brown-Waite’s transformation to motherhood (including sonograms in a Ugandan hospital). Mixed in is one cultural surprise after another, as when Brown-Waite, an AIDS educator by profession, learns at a local clinic: “Here in Uganda we have two kinds of AIDS. There is the one you can get from sex…But there is also the kind that you get from being cursed.”
It’s at the end of each chapter, however, where Brown-Waite shares a letter she’s written to friends or family back home, when we get the most personal, in-the-moment perspective: “Sometimes I think what I want is to be able to say ‘I lived in (fill in the exotic location here) and did (fill in the bold adventure here).’ But I’m not sure I’m really prepared for actually having to deal with the hardships of living in the exotic locations or the discomfort of dealing with the bold adventure.”

Oregon has sent more than 5,500 volunteers into the Peace Corps. Washington has sent even more [8,244]. Our region is home to international aid agencies such as Mercy Corps and World Vision. To many of us, Brown-Waite’s experiences will feel familiar. If we’re lucky, they’ll prompt us to remember and think about what we brought back from our own adventures – whether handicrafts, life partners or just good stories.

The author continues to donate 10% of royalties from her book to CARE, specifically for fighting malaria in Africa.

Nanci Tangeman is a Portland writer who has lived and worked in Uzbekistan, as well as several European cities.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780767929363
Author:
Brown Waite, Eve
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Author:
Brown-Waite, Eve
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.7 in 0.5 lb

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"Synopsis" by , In this laugh-out-loud funny memoir, a pampered city girl falls head over little-black-heels in love with a Peace Corps poster boy and follows himliterallyto the ends of the earth.

Eve Brown always thought she would join the Peace Corps someday, although she secretly worried about life without sushi, frothy coffee drinks, and air conditioning. But with college diploma in hand, it was time to put up or shut up. So with some ambivalence she arrives at the Peace Corps officesporting her best safari chic attire to casually look into the steps one might take if one were to become a global humanitarian, à la Angelina Jolie. But when Eve meets John, her dashing young Peace Corps recruiter, all her ambivalence flies out the window. She absolutely must join the Peace Corpsand win John's heart in the process. Off to Ecuador she goes andafter a year in the jungle - back to the States she runs, vowing to stay within easy reach of a decaf cappuccino for the rest of her days. 

But life had other plans. Just as she's getting reacquainted with the joys of toilet paper, John gets a job with CARE, and Eve must decide if shes up for life in another third-world outpost. Before you can say, "pass the malaria prophylaxis," the couple heads off to Uganda, and the fun really beginsif one can call having rats in your toilet fun. Fortunately, in Eves case one certainly can, because, to her, every experience is an adventure to be embraced, and these pages come alive with all of the alternatively poignant and uproarious details. 

With wit and candor, First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria chronicles Eves misadventures as an aspiring do-gooder. From intestinal parasites to getting caught in a civil war, culture clashes to unexpected friendships, here is an honest and laugh-out-loud funny look at the search for love and purpose–from a woman who finds both in the last place she expected to find them.

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