The Woman Who Lost Her Soul

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The Woman Who Lost Her Soul

By Bob Shacochis

Atlantic Monthly Press, Hardcover, 9780802119827, 715pp.

Publication Date: September 3, 2013


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.When humanitarian lawyer Tom Harrington travels to Haiti to investigate the murder of a beautiful and seductive photojournalist, he is confronted with a dangerous landscape riddled with poverty, corruption, and voodoo. It’s the late 1990s, a time of brutal guerrilla warfare and civilian kidnappings, and everyone has secrets. The journalist, whom he knew years before as Jackie Scott, had a bigger investment in Haiti than it seemed, and to make sense of her death, Tom must plunge back into a thorny past and his complicated ties to both Jackie and Eville Burnette, a member of Special Forces who has been assigned to protect her.From the violent, bandit-dominated terrain of World War II Dubrovnik to the exquisitely rendered Istanbul in the 1980s, Shacochis brandishes Jackie’s shadowy family history with daring agility. Caught between her first love and the unsavory attentions of her fatheran elite spy and quintessential Cold War warrior pressuring his daughter to follow in his footstepsseventeen-year-old Jackie hatches a desperate escape plan that puts her on course to becoming the soulless woman Tom equally feared and desired.Set over fifty years and in four countries backdropped by different wars, The Woman Who Lost Her Soul is a 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 the 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."

Praise For The Woman Who Lost Her Soul

No one in American literature is better at casting his imagination into the deepest currents of American culture and politics than Bob Shacochis. The long, ardent, admiring wait for his next novel has been worth every moment: The Woman Who Lost Her Soul is his masterpiece.”Robert Olen Butler

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013

Alan Cheuse reviews The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis. The author's first novel in twenty years traverses the globe and spans decades, and is engaging for all 700-plus pages. More at

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Saturday, Aug 31, 2013

In his new book, The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, Bob Shacochis returns to Haiti, but also takes the reader across continents and generations. The 700-page book has been compared to the work of Joseph Conrad, Graham Greene and Norman Mailer. More at

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