Ambitious historical novel starts with a murder

1st February, 2015
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Bob Shacochis: compellingly thoughtful

By Bob Shacochis Grove Press, €15.10

The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, the first novel for more than a decade from acclaimed American author Bob Shacochis, begins in typical murder mystery plot fashion. It’s 1998 and a woman who has been holidaying at a Haitian resort is murdered on a road nicknamed the “Highway to Hell” by the American military forces then occupying Haiti.

From there, however, the novel takes...

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