The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli
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A unique and sweeping debut novel of an American female combat photographer in the Vietnam War, as she captures the wrenching chaos and finds herself torn between the love of two men.


On a stifling day in 1975, the North Vietnamese army is poised to roll into Saigon. As the fall of the city begins, two lovers make their way through the streets to escape to a new life. Helen Adams, an American photojournalist, must take leave of a war she is addicted to and a devastated country she has come to love. Linh, the Vietnamese man who loves her, must grapple with his own conflicted loyalties of heart and homeland. As they race to leave, they play out a drama of devotion and betrayal that spins them back through twelve war-torn years, beginning in the splendor of Angkor Wat, with their mentor, larger-than-life war correspondent Sam Darrow, once Helen's infuriating love and fiercest competitor, and Linh's secret keeper, boss and truest friend.

Tatjana Soli paints a searing portrait of an American woman's struggle and triumph in Vietnam, a stirring canvas contrasting the wrenching horror of war and the treacherous narcotic of obsession with the redemptive power of love. Readers will be transfixed by this stunning novel of passion, duty and ambition among the ruins of war.

 

About Tatjana Soli

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Tatjana Soli's short stories have been widely published, nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and twice cited in the 100 Distinguished Stories in Best American Short Stories. The Lotus Eaters, her debut novel, was a New York Times bestseller and Editors Choice and a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Award. Born in Salzburg, Austria, Soli attended Stanford University and the Warren Wilson M.F.A. program. She lives in Orange County, California.
 
Published March 30, 2010 by St. Martin's Press. 400 pages
Genres: History, War, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Though she fears becoming as reckless and singly motivated as Darrow, Helen transitions into a seasoned war photographer, battling her emotions about the inhumanity of war with her professional purpose.

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Tatjana Soli’s quietly mesmerizing debut novel is about journalists covering the war in Vietnam.

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The ambivalent heroine of Tatjana Soli’s Vietnam War novel, a photojournalist, ponders whether those who represent war merely replicate the violence.

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The Washington Post

Such is the case with Tatjana Soli's first novel, "The Lotus Eaters," about a photojournalist covering the Vietnam War who finds her life transformed by the violence she witnesses from behind her camera.

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Dallas News

Tatjana Soli doesn't duck the horrors, but.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Soli has done prodigious research about the Vietnam War, particularly about the role of female war photographers, and so is able to imbue an otherwise deeply romantic book with a strong sense of history."

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Lit Lovers

Soli has done prodigious research about the Vietnam War, particularly about the role of female war photographers, and so is able to imbue an otherwise deeply romantic book with a strong sense of history.Janet Maslin - New York TimesSplendid…Helen's restlessness and grappling, her realization that...

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Red Room

It’s one of those books that I didn’t want to put down—I resented everything else that I needed to do in my life, because I didn’t want to stop reading it.”

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Red Room

“The novel is steeped in history, yet gorgeous sensory details enliven the prose… 35 years after the fall of Saigon, Soli’s entrancing debut brings you close enough to feel a part of it."

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Red Room

It’s one of those books that I didn’t want to put down—I resented everything else that I needed to do in my life, because I didn’t want to stop reading it.”

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Red Room

"Set amid the twin infernos of Cambodia and Vietnam in the early 1970's, The Lotus Eaters draws the reader into a haunting world of war, betrayal, courage, obsession, and love.

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In fact, except for a brief visit home early on, Helen spends nearly a decade in Vietnam chronicling the war, and over the course of the book we watch as Helen comes to fully understand the volatile mixture of courage and callousness required to be a successful combat photographer, and the pr...

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