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Pink
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Review of Emily Arsenault's In Search of the Rose Notes
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Review of Michael S. Orban's Souled Out
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Authors whose books have been published by Peace Corps Writers

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Susan O’Neill writes about her story “Pink”: The missionaries we knew in Venezuela were young men who always traveled in pairs. I’ve often toyed with the idea of what might happen if circumstance or fate separated them in some exotic locale. Then, five years ago, we traveled to Amsterdam for our younger son’s wedding to a Dutch woman. We wandered on foot or on bike over most of the center city, and I was amazed at how, when you’re not used to the layers of traffic — cars, trolleys, bikes, pedestrians —it’s an incredible challenge just to cross a street. The two ideas — paired missionaries, and the exotic, precarious city of Amsterdam — meshed in this story. It was once much longer, but I’ve tinkered with it over time, until it became rather naughty and twisted and something close to “flash fiction.” Pink by Susan O’Neill (Venezuela 1973–74) James . . .

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Review of Emily Arsenault's In Search of the Rose Notes

In Search of the Rose Notes by Emily Arsenault (South Africa 2004–06) William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins $14.99 (paperback) 369 pages July 2011 Reviewed by Susan O’Neill (Venezuela 1973-74) SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD ROSE BANKS routinely babysat Nora and her friend Charlotte after school in 1990, while the sixth-graders waited for Charlotte’s parents to return from work. Then Rose vanished one afternoon in November, after walking Nora home. Had she run away? Or was the truth darker, an unspeakable violation of the peaceful New England town where they lived? Stricken by the knowledge that she had been the last person to see the charming, irreverent Rose before she disappeared, Nora reluctantly joined Charlotte in an attempt to solve the mystery, with help from Charlotte’s beloved Time/Life books on The Occult. It was a fruitless collaboration that ultimately derailed the girls’ childhood friendship. Fast-forward to May, 2006: Charlotte, who teaches in the same . . .

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Review of Michael S. Orban's Souled Out

Souled Out: A Memoir of War and Inner Peace by Michael S. Orban (Gabon 1976–78) Minuteman Press $17.00 230 pages 2011 Reviewed by Susan O’Neill (Venezuela 1973–74) MICHAEL ORBAN WAS 20 when the US government sent him to Viet Nam as a foot soldier in a politically-motivated undeclared war. He was a Catholic boy from Wisconsin, a thoughtful child who dreamed of traveling to exotic places.  The concept of being killed by the residents of those places — or of killing them to escape that fate — had not been part of his National Geographic scenario. The story of what happened next — of the traumatic return from the trauma of war; of depression, substance abuse, divorce — is familiar to those who have read the writings of former warriors like Tim O’Brien (The Things They Carried) and Robert Mason (Chickenhawk). But Orban’s tale takes an interesting departure from those . . .

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Authors whose books have been published by Peace Corps Writers

By Author    The following Peace Corps authors have had books published by Peace Corps Writers. Click on a bold (linked) book title to learn more about that book. Authors are listed alphabetically.   Suzanne Adam (Colombia 1964–66) Marrying Santiago John Ashford (Botswana 1990–92) Meeting the Mantis: Searching for a Man in the Desert and Finding the Kalahari Bushmen Susanne Aspley (Thailand 1989–91) Ladyboy and the Volunteer Aaron Barlow (Togo 1988–90) Hard As Kerosene James Beebe (Philippines 1968-73) Those Were the Days: A Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines in the Late ’60s Lora Parisien Begin   (Tunisia; Papua New Guinea 1988–90) The Measure of A Dream: A Peace Corps Story Marian Haley Beil (Ethiopia 1962–64), editor Eritrea Remembered: Recollections & Photos by Peace Corps Volunteers Bonnie Lee Black (Gabon 1996–98) How to Cook a Crocodile: A Memoir with Recipes Parker W. Borg, Maureen J. Carroll, Patricia MacDermot Kasdan, Stephen W. Wells (Philippines 1961–63) . . .

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