A Marker to Measure Drift; Alexander Maksik
Knopf - 2013
Jacqueline is a twenty-for year old Liberian woman who is living alone in a cave on the Greek island of Santorini. How did she get there and why is she homeless, starving and wandering the beach by day?
Trying to survive and earn money for food, she offers massages to tourists. Initially, she trusts no one, keeping to herself. Gradually she shares some of her story with a local waitress who befriends her. This along with her flashbacks and memories of conversations she had with her family, especially her mother, give the reader insight to her haunting past. Once a young woman who once led a privileged life, only to have all that was precious to her disappear after the horrible conflict in Liberia under the rule of Charles Taylor.
The writing is beautiful and the way this story flows is very different. I really enjoyed this novel, but most of all it was Jacqueline’s struggle to survive that held me captive. The story is painful to read at times, yet worth the effort.
(review copy provided by publisher)