The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 4 Critic Reviews

A lot of pages here and every one worth reading in this reckless, raucous, brilliant novel in quest of an elusive American heroine.
-NPR

Synopsis

Renowned through four award-winning books for his gritty and revelatory visions of the Caribbean, Bob Shacochis returns to occupied Haiti in The Woman Who Lost Her Soul before sweeping across time and continents to unravel tangled knots of romance, espionage, and vengeance. In riveting prose, Shacochis builds a complex and disturbing story about the coming of age of America in a pre-9/11 world. Set over fifty years and in four countries backdropped by different wars, The Woman Who Lost Her Soul is National Book Award winner Bob Shacochis’ magnum opus that brings to life, through the mystique and allure of history, an intricate portrait of catastrophic events that led up to the war on terror and the America we are today.
 

About Bob Shacochis

See more books from this Author
Bob Shacochis's first collection of stories, asy in the Islands, won the National Book Award for First Fiction, and his second collection, The Next New World, was awarded the Prix de Rome from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is also the author of the novel Swimming in the Volcano, a finalist for the National Book Award, and The Immaculate Invasion, a work of literary reportage that was a finalist for The New Yorker Book Award for Best Nonfiction of the Year. Shacochis is a contributing editor at Outside, a former columnist for Gentleman's Quarterly, and has served as a contributing editor for Harper's and GQ. His op-eds on the US military, Haiti, and Florida politics have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.
 
Published September 3, 2013 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 738 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for The Woman Who Lost Her Soul
All: 4 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Excellent
on Jul 19 2013

An often depressing, cautionary and thoroughly excellent tale of the excesses of empire, ambition and the too easily fragmented human soul.

Read Full Review of The Woman Who Lost Her Soul | See more reviews from Kirkus

NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Amy Wilentz on Sep 20 2013

The America Shacochis describes in this huge, carefully plotted, ideologically challenging book has somehow become one with the woman who lost her soul.

Read Full Review of The Woman Who Lost Her Soul | See more reviews from NY Times

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jul 29 2013

Gritty characters find themselves in grueling situations against a moral and physical landscape depicted in rich language as war-torn, resilient, angry, evil, and hopeful.

Read Full Review of The Woman Who Lost Her Soul | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly

NPR

Excellent
Reviewed by Alan Cheuse on Sep 24 2013

A lot of pages here and every one worth reading in this reckless, raucous, brilliant novel in quest of an elusive American heroine.

Read Full Review of The Woman Who Lost Her Soul | See more reviews from NPR

Reader Rating for The Woman Who Lost Her Soul
66%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 232 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review

Reader reviews & activity

Malinda Charter

Malinda Charter 22 Jul 2014

Added the book to custom list '2013 NPR'

×