The Shortness of Life

A Mongolian Lament

by Martina Nicolls



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/3/2015

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 310
ISBN : 9781480821088
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 310
ISBN : 9781480821071
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 310
ISBN : 9781480821064

About the Book

In the winter of 2010, Australian health expert Jorja Himmermann arrives in Ulaanbaatar to work with the Mongolian Ministry of Health providing grants to clinics and hospitals. Her new job is relentless, and the reputation of her boss is formidable. Her Mongolian colleagues include three efficient women, a diligent government team, and Mr. Irresponsible.

In the longest, bleakest winter on record, a flu epidemic strikes. Hospitals are overcrowded, vaccine supplies are depleted, and healthcare workers are pushed to their limits. Crops, cattle, children, and the elderly are dying.

Amid accusations of sabotage, corruption, and misappropriation, Jorja finds peace from her apartment window, watching Brik the unmoving mastiff and Bruce the graceful wrestler. Jorja finds advice in the prophecies of message cards and ancient Mongolian proverbs.

Then the unthinkable happens, and the shortness of life affects them all.

Based on true events, this novel offers a portrait of strength, solidarity, and resilience in the face of a devastating Mongolian winter.

About the Author

Martina Nicolls writes from her own experiences as an independent aid worker in developing countries, primarily in postconflict countries and those with transitional or emerging governments, but also countries requesting technical assistance. She was in Mongolia for the winter of 2010.