The Frenchglen Hotel
My fourth novel revolves around a Bosnian girl from Mostar named Maric. When war causes her to abandon her university education and move to Croatia, she finds herself in the perfect position to serve as a spy. Another escape lands Maric in Eastern Oregon where she becomes Mary the cook for the Frenchglen Hotel in a town of eleven people.
In writing Malheur I wanted to accurately portray the Bosnian War whenever it pertained to the story. I chose ordinary people to be the ones to accomplish heroic acts.
The book illustrates the difficulty of bringing war criminals to justice under present-day international law. I felt it was important to show the appalling use of rape as a weapon of war--a tool used in ethnic cleansing.