Jesse Loncraine studied English at Bristol, and Violence and Conflict at SOAS. He moved to New York at 24 where he worked variously in documentary film, international criminal law, and as a gardener. His work for Skylight Pictures (in conjunction with the International Criminal Court) disseminating information about the prosecution of war crimes took him to Kenya, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Lebanon. Jesse was born in London in 1985. He currently lives with his wife and daughter in Oakland, California. The White Review has previously published his short stories. In The Field is his first novel.
IN THE FIELD
When Orin Perth, renowned journalist and recovering addict, goes AWOL in East Africa, his latest article offers the only clues to his whereabouts. Suspecting Orin's disappearance is more than the result of another relapse, his estranged mother Liz, herself a retired war correspondent, heads into the field to find him.
Meanwhile, Christine Lokeka, the subject of Orin's article is reeling from the loss of her own son Paul, snatched from their village in an attack by a roving militia. Now in the hands of its enigmatic leader, Paul is forced to adapt quickly to the brutal ways of life in the camp.
This thrilling début novel grapples with the ethical dilemmas of conflict reporting as seen through the complex and compelling relationships between two mothers and their sons. As their lives intersect in devastating turns, each will depend on the others if they are to survive.