A laugh-out-loud debut. As revealing as it is entertaining.

— Kirkus

A must, must, must-read. You will laugh, laugh, laugh ...

— Loretta LaRoche

My stomach hurt from laughing so hard.

— An actual reader

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An Excellent Book Club Choice


Eve Brown's dream is to join the Peace Corps…and maybe solve world hunger and win a Nobel Peace Prize along the way. But she secretly fears she isn't tough enough to survive the bug-infested jungle, much less live without toilet paper and decaf cappuccino. Then she falls head-over-little-black-heels in love with John – a dashing Peace Corps recruiter whose do-gooder passions outshine her own. She becomes more determined than ever to get into the Peace Corps – and to win John's heart in the process.

Assigned to Ecuador, she years for warm showers and cold beers (instead of the other way around!). And though she occasionally finds herself overwhelmed by her work reuniting homeless children with their families, she learns to delight in small successes. But a year into her service, a tragedy befalls one of her fellow volunteers, which unearths troubling memories from Eve's past and causes her to return, rather unceremoniously, to the United States. Back home, Eve attempts to settle down with John and get reacquainted with the joys of sushi and supermarkets. But faster than she can say "Pass the malaria pills," John accepts a job with CARE in a remote corner of Africa, and Eve gets a second chance to test her mettle in the Third World.

With uproarious wit and candor, Eve Brown-Waite details the (mis)adventures that ensue. From intestinal parasites and guerrilla warfare to culture clashes and unexpected friendships. FIRST COMES LOVE, THEN COMES MALARIA captures the thrills and absurdities of global humanitarian life in a story that any globetrotter - armchair or otherwise - will love.




Peace Corps Writers says,“. . . remarkable - honest, affecting, unflinching and compelling. . . a gift to the canon of literature by people who have begun young lives as Peace Corps volunteers.”
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Booklist says, “With an appealing, down-to-earth voice, Brown-Waite chronicles her adventures abroad in an accessible, humorous tone sure to appeal to armchair travelers.”

And here's what actual readers (NOT MY MOTHER) have said (yes, real live people just like you!) ...

Bravo! I love your book and could hardly put it down. I do hope you are working on a sequel!

I LOVED the book. Can't wait for the movie!

Thank you for a great read!

From the moment I started the book I couldn't put it down.


I laughed and thoroughly enjoyed your story.

Can I just tell you - I loved your book! I laughed out loud, marveled at your courage, worried so that you were OK and cannot wait to read more.

read more reviews… or just BUY THE BOOK! Really, you should trot on down to your local bookstore and BUY THE BOOK (if they don't have it, tell them to get it for you ... independent bookstores are good like that). While you're at it buy a copy for your mother ... and your best friend ... and your sister-in-law.