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A New York Times Best Seller! A New York Times Notable Book!

A unique and sweeping debut novel of an American female combat photographer in the Vietnam War, as she captures the wrenching chaos and finds herself torn between the love of two men.

On a stifling day in 1975, the North Vietnamese army is poised to roll into Saigon. As the fall of the city begins, two lovers make their way through the streets to escape to a new life. Helen Adams, an American photojournalist, must take leave of a war she is addicted to and a devastated country she has come to love. Linh, the Vietnamese man who loves her, must grapple with his own conflicted loyalties of heart and homeland. As they race to leave, they play out a drama of devotion and betrayal that spins them back through twelve war-torn years, beginning in the splendor of Angkor Wat, with their mentor, larger-than-life war correspondent Sam Darrow, once Helen's infuriating love and fiercest competitor, and Linh's secret keeper, boss and truest friend.
Tatjana Soli paints a searing portrait of an American woman's struggle and triumph in Vietnam, a stirring canvas contrasting the wrenching horror of war and the treacherous narcotic of obsession with the redemptive power of love. Readers will be transfixed by this stunning novel of passion, duty and ambition among the ruins of war.

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The Lotus Eaters
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April 11th, 2015
Good representation of the effect of war on ordinary people's lives. The suffering and the addiction to living life to the full
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The Lotus Eaters
April 1st, 2015
I gave that rating more because I don't usually read war books. Was quite graphic. Book was written well.
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The flavours inside us...
March 21st, 2015
A complex and intimate portrayal of the addiction needed to be a female war photographer in Vietnam.
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Lotus eaters
March 7th, 2015
I enjoyed this rather long story about an originally untrained photojournalist. She was forced to mature and in a violent world during the Vietnam conflict. She took us to places we never wanted to go and showed us the people who lived and died for their beliefs. Their country eventually seemed to become hers!
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