Published by SheBooks on May 18, 2014
When three colleagues die violently during a single wartime election day in Central America, two female journalists, best friends, are hurled into a torrent of change in their personal and professional lives and in their relationship with each other. The author, bedeviled by stress and feelings of abandonment, hangs on by her fingernails to reporting while her dear friend “just can’t take another picture of a dead body” and throws herself into teaching photography to children who live in a garbage dump. Big questions quietly roil their lives—What is our responsibility to history? To individuals?—until unexpectedly, they approach an answer together, when a child from the dump goes missing.
I was provided a review copy by SheBooks; this did not influence my opinion of the book.
You know you have a great story in your hands when the fact that it is completely out of your normal genre of reads doesn’t matter!
Ricochet, by Mary Jo McConahay, is powerfully written! A story of two war journalists whose friendship is tested when one decides to quit because she, “just can’t take another picture of a dead body.”
“I left because I wanted to do something that would make a difference, even in one or two lives, when it didn’t seem I was making any difference by taking pictures.”
Seeing war and its effects from a woman’s perspective was a new experience for me. We usually hear about war from a males point of view. This was poignant and gripping.
“Journalism is not a job but a blood type, fate and identification…
I’m glad I took a chance with this. The question posed in the blurb is still weighing on me.
“What is our responsibility to history? To individuals?”
This book was graciously given to me in exchange for a review by Shebooks publishing via Netgalley