Daniel McFarland has refined the life of a war correspondent down to an art. He knows how to get information out of officials who won't talk. He knows how to find the one man with a car who can get you out of town. He knows how to judge the gravity of a situation in a war-torn area (it's a bad sign when the dogs are gone). And he knows how to get to the heart of an explosive story and emerge unscathed. To Daniel, getting the story is everything.
When a trip to a warlord's camp in Uganda goes awry and Daniel's companions end up dead, he has his first serious moment of reckoning with his lack of faith, his steely approach to life, and his cool dispatch of the people around him. And as he falls in love with Julia Cadell, an idealistic doctor, he begins to see the world anew. The two run off together to a canal house in the middle of London, where they find a refuge from their perilous lives.
But they can't ignore the real world forever and are soon persuaded to travel to East Timor, where the entire nation has become a war zone. As the militia prepares to sacrifice the lives of hundreds of refugees, Daniel must decide whether to get the story of a lifetime or to see beyond the headlines to the people whose lives are in the balance.
THE CANAL HOUSE is a stunningly written novel about friends-and lovers-struggling to find meaning in a chaotic world.
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Published in hardcover by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2003, 1-56512-379-4
"Ripe with authority... The perfect book group book." --Los Angeles Times
Photojournalist Nicky Bettencourt thinks he's seen everything until he teams up with the legendary war correspondent Daniel McFarland. But when Daniel falls in love with Julia Cadell, an idealistic British doctor, his determination wavers. When Nicky, Daniel and Julia are called to the war zone that is East Timor, Daniel must decide what is more important: the story of a lifetime or the people he loves.
"With a satisfying smack of authenticity, Lee is brilliant at capturing a whole culture in a paragraph." --St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A USA Today Summer Reading Selection
Mark Lee has covered international issues for various publications, including the Atlantic Monthly, London Telegraph, and the Los Angeles Times. A vice president of PEN Center USA, he lives in California.
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Book Description Algonquin Books, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111565123794
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