This picture is a hint. Initial guess?
It’s got it all, murder, intrigue, and cross-cultural work.
Barnes and Noble describes it this way: “When his girlfriend takes a job in Thailand, Mischa Berlinski goes along for the ride, planning to enjoy himself and work as little as possible. But one evening a fellow expatriate tips him off to a story: a charismatic American anthropologist, Martiya van der Leun, has been found dead—a suicide—in the Thai prison where she was serving a life sentence for murder. Curious at first, Mischa is soon immersed in the details of her story. This brilliant, haunting novel expands into a mystery set among the Thai hill tribes, whose way of life became a battleground for the m’s [cross-cultural workers] and the scientists living among them.”
Stephen King (yea, I was surprised he read it) described it as a page turner! I’m almost done reading it for the second time and can’t wait for you to get it so we can TALK!
You’ve got two weeks before we start discussing it — January 14th
Here’s the overall schedule:
- December 31– announce the book
- January 7 – discuss a theme in the book related to cross-cultural work without getting into the plot
- January 14th, 21st, and 28th — we will discuss the book! Coming at it from different angles
But first, you need to get the book and read it :)!
Since it’s the end of the year, let’s talk reading goals. One year I thought I’d stretch myself and set my reading goal a bit higher than normal. Being a bit too competitive at times for my own good, it found me in December hunting for short books. Not really the noblest way to pick books :). I will say, had I not been desperate for short books I would not have read The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating and would have missed out on the fact that snails have about 2,600 teeth! with 36 per row and 80+ rows! Who knew. The following year my goal included reading at least ten long books — since I tend to view them as slight impediments to my goals. A goal that didn’t call out the crazy in me quite so much.
What about you? Do you set set reading goals? What kind? What are your goals reading goals for 2014?
But more importantly, are you in for reading Fieldwork: a novel with us? Give a shout out in the comments.