The White Mary by Kira Salak
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A young woman journeys deep into the untamed jungle, wrestling with love and loss, trauma and healing, faith and redemption, in this sweeping debut from “the gutsiest woman adventurer of our day” (Book Magazine)

Marika Vecera, an accomplished war reporter, has dedicated her life to helping the world’s oppressed and forgotten. When not on one of her dangerous assignments, she lives in Boston, exploring a new relationship with Seb, a psychologist who offers her glimpses of a better world.

Returning from a harrowing assignment in the Congo where she was kidnapped by rebel soldiers, Marika learns that a man she has always admired from afar, Pulitzer-winning war correspondent Robert Lewis, has committed suicide. Stunned, she abandons her magazine work to write Lewis’s biography, settling down with Seb as their intimacy grows. But when Marika finds a curious letter from a missionary claiming to have seen Lewis in the remote jungle of Papua New Guinea, she has to wonder, What if Lewis isn’t dead?

Marika soon leaves Seb to embark on her ultimate journey in one of the world’s most exotic and unknown lands. Through her eyes we experience the harsh realities of jungle travel, embrace the mythology of native tribes, and receive the special wisdom of Tobo, a witch doctor and sage, as we follow her extraordinary quest to learn the truth about Lewis—and about herself, along the way.


About Kira Salak

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KIRA SALAK is a contributing editor for National Geographic Adventure. She lives in Montana.
Published August 5, 2008 by Henry Holt and Co.. 351 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Like her protagonist, Marika Vecera, award-winning journalist Salak has traveled solo—and narrowly escaped death—in the world's most remote and terrifying places, including war-torn Congo and the interior of Papua New Guinea.

May 12 2008 | Read Full Review of The White Mary: A Novel

San Francisco Chronicle

To see Lewis, Marika must travel on foot through the jungle.

Aug 18 2008 | Read Full Review of The White Mary: A Novel

Deseret News

In a nutshell: This compelling novel features Marika Viscera, 34, a single woman and a magazine writer who travels to Third World countries and writes about genocide and other forms of human suffering, including war and torture.

Aug 24 2008 | Read Full Review of The White Mary: A Novel

Campus Circle

Marika Vecera is an award-winning journalist who has traveled to war-ravaged and uncharted countries and lived to write about it.

Sep 03 2008 | Read Full Review of The White Mary: A Novel

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