Loving Graham Greene by Gloria Emerson
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This marvelous debut novel by former New York Times correspondent and National Book Award--winner Gloria Emerson is a witty and deeply affecting portrait of the stubborn hopes and disillusionment of a privileged woman who dreams of making a difference in the world.

The polite correspondence she shares with the novelist Graham Greene inspires Molly Benson to see him as her moral guiding light. After his death in 1991, Molly sets out to honor his memory by going on a mission with two friends to Algeria at the start of that nation's brutal civil war, intending to save intellectuals from Islamic fundamentalist hit squads. But nothing in her genteel existence has prepared her for the perilous journey on which she and her humble delegation are about to embark.

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About Gloria Emerson

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Gloria Emerson's book Winners & Losers, on the Vietnam War and its effects on Americans, won a National Book Award in 1978. She has traveled to El Salvador, Gaza, and Algiers.
Published December 22, 2010 by Anchor. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Emerson invokes Greene repeatedly here, not only in Molly’s constant musings on his life and work but in her own stylish prose and satisfyingly sound plot construction.

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Her Algerian experiences force Molly to confront reality, and undermine her ideas about her brother and about Greene.

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Boston Review

The committee only wanted money, but Molly thought she might locate a few doomed men and pay for their tickets to leave the country.

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