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The White Mary by Kira Salak
In The White Mary, Marika Vecera is a journalist returning to the U.S. after reporting in Congo. She's suffering from post-traumatic stress, a subject which her psychologist boyfriend, Seb, is an expert. She learns that Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Robert Lewis has apparently committed suicide. She'd never met Lewis, but had always admired him and he was her motivation as a journalist. Marika researches his life and decides she must write his biography, when she hears that he's been sighted in a remote part of Papua New Guinea. She travels to Papua New Guinea, where she's the "wait meri," the foreign white woman. As she travels farther into the darkness of one of the most remote places in the world, she finds she's losing the grasp on the life she left behind. Kira Salak's debut novel has received mostly positive reviews with the Cleveland Plain Dealer saying, "There aren't many books that we hand to friends, urging, 'You have to read this.' The White Mary is one of them."