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    DescriptionToussaint Boudreaux, a black docker in New Orleans, puts up with his co-workers' racism because he has to, and moonlights as a prize-fighter in the hope of a better life - but the only break he gets lands him in penal servitude. J.P. Winfield, a hick with a gift for twelve-string guitar, finds his break into showbiz leads to the flipside of the American dream. Avery Broussard, descendant of an aristocratic French family, runs whiskey after what remains of his land is repossessed...The interlocking stories of these three men are an elegy to the realities of life in 1950s Louisiana, their destinies fixed by the circumstances of their birth and time. Yet each carries the hope of redemption.

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    Half of Paradise
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James Lee Burke
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 192 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 259 g
    ISBN 13: 9780752826394
    ISBN 10: 0752826395

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
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    DC21: 813.54
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    Libri: B-232
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    Orion Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Orion mass market paperback
    Publication date
    01 July 1999
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    Author Information
    James Lee Burke is the author of numerous award-winning novels, many featuring Detective Dave Robicheaux. He lives with his wife, Pearl, in Missoula, Montana.
    Review text
    These days magnolias mean misery, and there is plenty of Southern anguish in this first novel, which, nevertheless, carries an honest message, crisply understated and freshly slanted. Ignoring the tumultuous heat of the civil rights struggle, and the predicaments of settled inhabitants, the author picks up the destinies of the rootless rovers across the land, here in the persons of J.P. Winfield, a poor-white folk singer who hits the local big time; Toussaint Boudreaux, Negro boxer; and Avery Broussard, set "free" by the death of his father from a crumpled ruins of a Louisiana aristocracy. By chance, a chance, accepted by the trio with docile resignation, each man is pulled under to death or despair. Winfield, on a slack leash with no inherent sense of direction, is dragged down into drug addiction; Boudreaux, injured in the ring, drifts innocently into crime; and Broussard tries a hand at moonshine running. Boudreaux and Broussard wind up in the state jail- a hell of cruelty and violence- and although both have a glimpse of salvation - a judgment beyond their ken condemns them all. A drear perspective, and yet, in its absence of sensationalism, its compassion and simplicity, this initial effort merits some attention. (Kirkus Reviews)