It's not often these days that you hear of Christian missionaries bringing the modern world to an isolated people who were doing pretty well without it--but that's what recently happened on an island off the Philippine mainland, where the Ibatan people have lived undisturbed for nearly 150 years. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Suskind (A Hope in the Unseen) will tell the story of the impact of American missionaries Rundell and Judi Maree on the island in a book just signed by Luke Dempsey for Pocket Books Press. He bought world rights from agent Kris Dahl at ICM, and will publish in hardcover in fall 2003. Suskind's as-yet-untitled work will tell how the islanders have been trying to choose how much of the contemporary American approach to the world to accept, and what to reject.
Volume 249 Issue 7 02/18/2002