I was traveling for two weeks last month & I polished off 4 fiction books. Here they areeee!
“Fieldwork” by Mischa Berlinski // I was fascinated by this book for many reasons. First off, the author named his narrator after himself — an interesting choice. Mischa (in the book) is a freelance journalist. He moves to Thailand with his schoolteacher girlfriend. However, in “real life” Berlinski worked as a freelance journalist in Thailand himself. He originally set out to write a non-fiction book on one of the Thai ethnic group’s conversion to Christianity — but no one was interested in backing his manuscript, so he recycled all of his research and notes into a fiction story instead. In the novel, Mischa becomes fascinated with the story of Martiya, an American anthropologist who was in Thailand doing her Masters “fieldwork” study among the Dyalo people. (The Dyalo are a fictional tribe created by Berlinski.) Martiya and Mischa meet when she is in prison, serving a 50-year sentence for murdering the son of a American Protestant missionary couple.