Imagine a remote community in Paraguay, South America, where you read by candle light, draw your water from a well, cook your meals on an open fire and attend to your needs in a rickety outhouse. To reach the nearest bus stop and telephone requires a long hike that lasts for hours along a road rutted by ox carts. In Shade of the Paraiso, Mark Salvatore relates his Peace Corps* experience (1989-91) in such a place beginning with his first day in the country--the day of a coup. His memoir transports the reader through his two years of volunteer service with its challenges, its failures, its joy, and his wedding in a leper colony.
*Shade of the Paraiso recounts Salvatore's experience and he does not represent Peace Corps, Peace Corps Paraguay, or any other volunteer's experience.
"Mark Salvatore's Peace Corps memoir is a painstakingly intimate insight into a service most only know by name or from a bit of history. Salvatore offers the reader scrupulous detail and heartfelt colour with his story and, most importantly, truth without varnish, something in all too short a supply, these days." Eric Kinkopf, award-winning journalist and author of Shooter and The Untimely Death of Molly Macbeth
"Rural Paraguay in all its simplicity, decades ago! Overcoming obstacles--like experiencing life on another planet. Enjoy this great read as Mark takes you on his incredible Peace Corps journey. The laughter, frustrations, cultural misunderstandings and language barriers all make for a story you won't forget." Marcia Mayer, RN, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Rural Nurse Paraguay 1995-1997