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Peacekeeping: A Novel
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"Ben Williams's narration couldn't be more perfect for this tragicomic novel of Haiti. Williams perfectly inhabits the wry, observant, somewhat detached traveling spouse of an aid worker. Williams's talent is not just with the subtle inflections in English and Creole that give personality and heart to the colorful characters...His conversational delivery also enhances the listener's understanding of Haiti's confounding mix of politics and superstition." — AudioFile Magazine

THE DARING, EAGERLY ANTICIPATED SECOND AUDIOBOOK BY THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD–NOMINATED AUTHOR OF FIELDWORK
Mischa Berlinski's first novel, Fieldwork, was published in 2007 to rave reviews—Hilary Mantel called it "a quirky, often brilliant debut" and Stephen King said it was "a story that cooks like a mother"—and it was a finalist for the National Book Award. Now Berlinski returns with Peacekeeping, an equally enthralling story of love, politics, and death in the world's most intriguing country: Haiti.
When Terry White, a former deputy sheriff and a failed politician, goes broke in the 2007–2008 financial crisis, he takes a job working for the UN, helping to train the Haitian police. He's sent to the remote town of Jérémie, where there are more coffin makers than restaurants, more donkeys than cars, and the dirt roads all slope down sooner or later to the postcard sea. Terry is swept up in the town's complex politics when he befriends an earnest, reforming American-educated judge. Soon he convinces the judge to oppose the corrupt but charismatic Sénateur Maxim Bayard in an upcoming election. But when Terry falls in love with the judge's wife, the electoral drama threatens to become a disaster.
Tense, atmospheric, tightly plotted, and surprisingly funny, Peacekeeping confirms Berlinski's gifts as a storyteller. Like Fieldwork, it explores a part of the world that is as fascinating as it is misunderstood—and takes us into the depths of the human soul, where the thirst for power and the need for love can overrun judgment and morality.

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THE DARING, EAGERLY ANTICIPATED SECOND AUDIOBOOK BY THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD–NOMINATED AUTHOR OF FIELDWORK
Mischa Berlinski's first novel, Fieldwork, was published in 2007 to rave reviews—Hilary Mantel called it "a quirky, often brilliant debut" and Stephen King said it was "a story that cooks like a mother"—and it was a finalist for the National Book Award. Now Berlinski returns with Peacekeeping, an equally enthralling story of love, politics, and death in the world's most intriguing country: Haiti.
When Terry White, a former deputy sheriff and a failed politician, goes broke in the 2007–2008 financial crisis, he takes a job working for the UN, helping to train the Haitian police. He's sent to the remote town of Jérémie, where there are more coffin makers than restaurants, more donkeys than cars, and the dirt roads all slope down sooner or later to the postcard sea. Terry is swept up in the town's complex politics when he befriends an earnest, reforming American-educated judge. Soon he convinces the judge to oppose the corrupt but charismatic Sénateur Maxim Bayard in an upcoming election. But when Terry falls in love with the judge's wife, the electoral drama threatens to become a disaster.
Tense, atmospheric, tightly plotted, and surprisingly funny, Peacekeeping confirms Berlinski's gifts as a storyteller. Like Fieldwork, it explores a part of the world that is as fascinating as it is misunderstood—and takes us into the depths of the human soul, where the thirst for power and the need for love can overrun judgment and morality.

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        January 18, 2016
        In tones that shift effortlessly from journalistic to atmospheric to deeply, darkly funny, Berlinski (Fieldwork) evokes a very detailed sense of place in his second novel. Set in Jérémie, a small town on the southwestern peninsula of Haiti, on the edge the “azure stage” of the Caribbean—where “life is fragile, transient: any day might be your last”—we are introduced to Terry White, a former deputy sheriff and failed Florida politician, who, looking for redemption in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, takes a position with the United Nations Police peacekeeping mission. Terry is drawn first by his close relationship with the brilliant American-educated judge Johel Célestin and then by the judge’s beautiful, enigmatic, green-eyed wife, Nadia (“Haiti,” according to our narrator, a writer in Jérémie accompanying his wife, who is a member of the UN mission, “was a place that sunk tentacles down deep into the soul”). The political and personal become entangled as Terry encourages the judge to challenge the long-standing Senatéur Maxim Bayard’s hold on the region and build a road between the town and Port Au Prince. In the Judge’s words, “A mango tree and a road are school fees for your child... A mango tree without a road is a pile of fruit.” The narrator is an unnamed friend of Terry’s well-meaning and sociable wife, Kay, and the story unfolds as his account of the events. Berlinski himself lived in Jérémie while his wife worked for the UN, and the pages are steeped in verisimilitude, even (and perhaps more so) when the story tips to the outrageous. This is a fascinating and well-plotted novel. Agent: Susan Ginsburg, Writers House.

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THE DARING, EAGERLY ANTICIPATED SECOND AUDIOBOOK BY THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD–NOMINATED AUTHOR OF FIELDWORK
Mischa Berlinski's first novel, Fieldwork, was published in 2007 to rave reviews—Hilary Mantel called it "a quirky, often brilliant debut" and Stephen King said it was "a story that cooks like a mother"—and it was a finalist for the National Book Award. Now Berlinski returns with Peacekeeping, an equally enthralling story of love,...

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