The White Mary by Kira Salak
Release date August 5, 2008
“The White Mary” is the story of journalist Marika Vecera and her quest to find war correspondent Robert Lewis in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. Now, a story simply about a grueling trek through the jungle has the potential to get a bit monotonous: mosquitoes, thorns, illness, etc. To combat this, Salak let Marika have flashbacks to her prior work in war zones, her admiration of Lewis, and her relationship with Sebastian, a Boston psychologist.
This book had an interesting subject matter and was pretty well written, but I honestly found myself pretty ambivalent about the whole thing. I never had to struggle to pick it up, but it sure wasn’t a struggle to put down either. The whole thing was just solidly ‘eh’. I do think that Salak has promise as a writer, and I would be interested in reading some of her nonfiction about her own adventures in journalism.