Marian E. Lindberg

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"A memoir that reads like a mystery" -- Elle online review

Families are so mixed nowadays. Indeed, as a rule,
everybody turns out to be somebody else.
                  Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband

When I began investigating my father's story of a family member's murder in the Amazon, I had no idea how applicable Wilde's quip would prove to be.

I didn't set out to reconstruct the past and find lies within my own family, but that's what happened. My experience as a newspaper reporter and lawyer always suggested another question to ask or new lead to follow--and gradually my attempt to confirm a family legend turned into something else entirely.

I grew up being told that Walter Lindberg, the man who raised my father and gave us our last name, had been killed in the late 1920's while exploring the Amazon, looking for gold and making maps. I fell in love with the story from the moment I heard it.

When I began to look for the truth about Walter, I did not realize how painful the search would prove to beóbut by then I was in too deep to turn back. I had always been the family historian, and the family contrarian. I was determined to finish what I had started.

Long after my fatherís death, I finally set off for the Amazon. Aided by generous Brazilians who took on my quest as if it were their own, I discovered as much about myself and my family as about Walter, whose true role in Brazilís history turned out to be unexpected and deeply troubling. I rang a 1930s bell in Brazil and said across time to my forebear, "I know what you did," a classic avenger's message. You'll find more about the book on this website.

I believe my story has much to say about the harms that secrets can cause within families and the value of honest and open communication. There are strong environmental messages in the book, timely with the Paris climate talks taking place in December. Tropical forests store carbon and their preservation must be part of global action to reduce emissions.

Quick CV: After graduating Vassar College, I went to work for The Buffalo Courier-Express. That led to law school in New York City, and then to Washington, D.C. to clerk for a federal judge. I practiced law for over 20 years--doing some good here and there, I hope, but the writer inside never vanished, nor did the child drawn to nature.

In 2005, I left the law to work for an international conservation organization, The Nature Conservancy, where my current position is Senior Staff Writer (though I also do legal research on clean water issues). I like to think that both a childís wonder and an adultís understanding come together in The End of the Rainy Season, a "memoir that reads like a mystery" according to one review, but also a humble offering to helping to make the world a better place.

I hope you like the book. Let me know what you think via Facebook or by email to marian@​

Selected Works

"This ruminative family mystery brims with incident." Elle Magazine

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