Winner in 1986 of  the National Book Award Bob Shacochis’s (Eastern Caribbean 1975-76) first book in ten years spans five decades and three continents. According to the pre-press on the novel, “it is an epic, visceral masterwork that traces a global lineage of political, cultural, and personal tumult from WWII to September 11th.”

In The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, Shacochis returns to occupied Haiti and writes a  novel about coming of age in a pre 9-11 world.   shacochis2

The book’s flap-copy reads: 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.

Traveling from World War II Dubrovnik-the violent terrain of bandits and madmen-to an exquisitely rendered Istanbul in the 1980s, Shacochis brandishes Jackie’s shadowy family history with daring agility. At just fifteen, caught between her first love and the unsavory attentions of her father, an elite spy and quintessential Cold War warrior pressuring Jackie to follow in his footsteps, a desperate escape plan goes horribly wrong and sets Jackie on course to becoming the soulless woman Tom equally feared and desired.”

The novel covers fifty years and four countries. It is Shacochis’ magnum opus that gives us an ”intricate portrait of catastrophic events” that led up to the War on Terror and the America we live in today.

The novel, The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, comes out next fall.