Ghosts by Daylight by Janine di Giovanni
Love, War, and Redemption

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An enthralling, deeply moving memoir from one of our foremost American war correspondents.

Janine di Giovanni has spent most of her career—more than twenty years—in war zones recording events on behalf of the voiceless. From Sarajevo to East Timor, from Sierra Leone to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia, she has been under siege and under fire.

Along the way she meets Bruno, a French reporter whose spirit and audacity are a match for her own. Their love affair spans nearly a decade and a dozen armed conflicts before they settle in Paris to raise a family. But Janine soon learns that a life lived in war is inevitably haunted. Bruno struggles with physical and emotional pain, and Janine, a new mother and wife in Paris, is afraid both for Bruno and herself and for the work that they do—and doubtful that she can hold their lives together.

With stunning scenes of action, heart-wrenching accounts of profound love, personal loss, and redemption, Ghosts by Daylight tells the unforgettable story of a passionate life lived to the fullest.


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About Janine di Giovanni

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Janine di Giovanni is a senior foreign correspondent for The Times of London and a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. She is the recipient of a 2000 National Magazine Award for her reporting from the Balkans, two Amnesty International awards for war reporting from Sierra Leone and Kosovo, and Granada Television's Foreign Correspondent of the Year award for being one of the few reporters to witness the fall of Grozny, Chechnya. She has been the focus of an award-winning documentary about women war correspondents, No Man's Land. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she received an M.F.A. in fiction. She lives in Paris with her husband, the French reporter Bruno Girodon, and their baby son, Luca.
 
Published September 20, 2011 by Knopf. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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As di Giovanni reflected on her decision to become a foreign reporter, she writes, “I had chosen to leave my home and my family and go as far away as possible, but I had no idea how desperately I would miss them.” While her role as wife and mother provided a temporary fix, Bruno proved not enough...

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Di Giovanni, an American-born war correspondent (Madness Visible) who’s covered conflicts from Sarajevo to Afghanistan, met Bruno Girodon, a French photographer, whom she eventually married after a lo

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New York Journal of Books

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di Giovanni seems ready to trade her life in politically unstable countries for a more civilized existence in France in 2003, she harbors a deep-seated fear of this new reality.

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New York Journal of Books

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“Life in a war zone inevitably changes a person. . . . Ms. di Giovanni deserves much credit for her ability to shift between the two worlds and still maintain her equilibrium. Her decision to bear a child after meeting children who had been mistreated, malnourished, tortured—and worse—testifies t...

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Christian Science Monitor

In graduate school I had a friend whose father’s affluence protected her from the need to work.

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