Disgruntled New York corporate lawyer Edgar Kellogg is more than ready to leave his lucrative career for the excitement and uncertainty of journalism. When he's offered the post of foreign correspondent in a Portuguese backwater that has sprouted a homegrown terrorist movement, Edgar recognizes Barrington Saddler, the disappeared reporter Edgar's been sent to replace, as exactly the outsize character he longs to emulate.
Yet all is not as it appears. “Os Soldados Ousados de Barba”—“The Daring Soldiers of Barba”—have been blowing up the rest of the world for years in order to win independence for a province so dismal and backward that you couldn't give the rat hole away. So why, with Barrington vanished, do terrorist incidents claimed by the “SOB” suddenly dry up?
“The New Republic” addresses weighty issues such as terrorism with the deft, tongue-in-cheek touch that is vintage Shriver. It also presses the more intimate question: What makes particular people so magnetic, while the rest of us inspire a shrug? What's their secret? And in the end, who has the better life—the admired, or the admirer?
's novels include the National Book Award finalist “So Much for That, ” the “New York Times” bestseller “The Post-Birthday World, ” and the international bestseller “We Need to Talk About Kevin.” Her journalism has appeared in the “Guardian, ” the “New York Times, ” the “Wall Street Journal, ” and many other publications. She lives in London and Brooklyn, New York.