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#162 Disastrous Passion

August 8, 2012

EAWs love trashy novels. They love making fun of them, reading them ironically, and feeling superior to the general population of folks back home or in-country who fall prey to the clutches of badly written pulp fiction.

It goes without saying, then, that most EAWs secretly (or publicly, in an ironic way of course) enjoy Disastrous Passion, the humanitarian romance novel.

And now, finally, DP is available in its entirety as an e-book.

Just days after the devastating 2010 Haiti earthquake, Mary-Anne finds herself thrust into the uncertainty of a huge disaster zone and the chaos of a multi-agency relief response. Far from home, in a context she could never have imagined, Mary-Anne grapples with the big questions of love, spirituality, and whether or not aid actually helps anyone. While at the same time falling in love with the mysterious, dangerous Jean-Philippe.

Follow the journeys of Mary-Anne and Jean-Philippe, along with those of their other aid worker friends and colleagues. Laugh, cry, and question all you’ve ever known about humanitarian aid.

Nowhere else can EAWs indulge in fantasy action that so resembles their context. No other form of edutainment is so specifically aimed at humanitarian relief professionals and those innocents interested in joining the profession. Nowhere else do the institutional stereotypes we all know and love come into such full play, via characters that both have hyphenated first names. Nowhere else is there such a true-to-EAW-life portrayal of gendered realities, deployment behavior and existential questioning about aid itself.

And all this deep thinking can take place while intellectually cackling at the ridiculously familiar yet slightly over-the-top viewing of an emergency response through the literary lens of the age-old romance novel and simultaneously being unintentionally aroused at the thought of a breathless and guilty night in the arms of Jean-Philippe, the virile, hot French MSF EAW with the tortured past or a steamy 15 minutes trapped in traffic in a white Landcruiser with Mary-Anne, the pure, passionate and annoyingly evangelical do-gooder.

On the plane, at the office, in the team house, in the shower or wherever else an aid worker needs some, er, relief, he or she can be sure to find an enthralling, passionate and thought-provoking escape by devouring a few pages of Disastrous Passion.

Disastrous Passion, a humanitarian romance novel by our very own J. Get it here.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah permalink
    August 8, 2012 8:57 am

    Not only #162 but #161 also! — bought, sold and paid for!

  2. zapata permalink
    August 8, 2012 9:50 am

    DP? Seriously?

    • August 8, 2012 12:26 pm

      Yes, seriously. But never too seriously.

  3. Kristina permalink
    August 9, 2012 10:23 pm

    Hilarious. Seriously Hilarious. When is the next installment coming????

    • August 10, 2012 4:03 pm

      The next installment is in-progress now, and due to be published some time before the end of the calendar year.

      Vexing question of the moment: What to call it? “Transitional Passion”? “Complex Humanitarian Passion”?

      Watch for updates here: and/or here:

  4. ally t permalink
    August 20, 2012 9:54 am

    OMG I’m Mary Anne! Seriously !

  5. ksth permalink
    August 22, 2012 10:51 am

    You may call her Mary-Anne, but in that case she’s Ingrid Bergman’s until-now unknown identical twin.


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