KIRA SALAK is a contributing editor for National Geographic Adventure. She lives in Montana.
In this debut novel from Salak, National Geographic Adventure editor/travel writer, war reporter Marika Vecera is devastated by reports that her idol, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Robert Lewis, committed suicide. Learning he might still be alive in a remote Papua New Guinea jungle, she heads out to find him herself. The novel is replete with descriptions of the geography, tribal customs, and psychology of the region's culture and people. Audie Award winner Joyce Bean's (Loving Frank) articulate, compelling narration well suits the strong female character of Marika; her rendering effectively takes listeners into the heart of the story. Recommended for larger public libraries. [Audio clip available through library.brillianceaudio.com; the Holt hc was recommended as "a good addition for all fiction collections," LJ 5/15/08.--Ed.]--Lisa Powell Williams, Moline P.L., IL Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"Harrowing . . . Salak's descriptions of the jungle passage are compelling and dreamlike." --The Washington Post"Keenly observed . . . As Vecera cuts her way through swamps and forests, encountering insects, snakes and the native population along the way, you'll think of the travails of Katharine Hepburn in The African Queen." --USA Today"There aren't many books that we hand to friends, urging, 'You have to read this.' The White Mary is one of them." --The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)"Salak's descriptions of the sights, sounds, and smells of the jungle, with its brutal chieftains and servile women, brings the story to life with all of its horrors and satisfactions." --St. Louis Post-Dispatch