This marvelous debut novel by former New York Times correspondent and National Book Award--winner Gloria Emerson is a witty and deeply affecting portrait of the stubborn hopes and disillusionment of a privileged woman who dreams of making a difference in the world.
The polite correspondence she shares with the novelist Graham Greene inspires Molly Benson to see him as her moral guiding light. After his death in 1991, Molly sets out to honor his memory by going on a mission with two friends to Algeria at the start of that nation's brutal civil war, intending to save intellectuals from Islamic fundamentalist hit squads. But nothing in her genteel existence has prepared her for the perilous journey on which she and her humble delegation are about to embark.
About the Author
GLORIA EMERSON covered Vietnam as a foreign correspondent for the New York Times from 1965 to 1972, for which she won the George Polk Award. She is also the author of Some American Men and Gaza: A Year in the Intifada both nonfiction works related to her Vietnam experience as well as a novel, Loving Graham Greene, about the writer she had admired since reading The Quiet American on her first trip to Saigon. She died in 2004.
"Beguiling and memorable... A funny, moving and strangely profound novel."
--The New York Times Book Review
"Witty and brilliantly imagined... a joy to read."
--The Los Angeles Times Book Review
"A deeply moving tribute to American decency and goodwill, with all its frustrations and tragic consequences."