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The Boiling Season

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An ambitious young man struggles to define himself and his future while his Caribbean homeland plunges into a violent revolution, in a novel that recalls Ann Patchett's Bel Canto and Kazuo Ishiguro's Remains of the Day Hopwood Award-winning writer Christopher Hebert's The Boiling Season. A passionate, intimate exploration of one man's loss of innocence and reclamation of identity, this compassionate and compellingly character-driven novel will speak to readers of Barabara Kingsolver and J. M. Coetzee, as Hebert's illuminating and visceral portrayal of a popular insurrection against an all-powerful dictator--a backdrop that echoes events in Haiti--beautifully translates the struggles of our contemporary world into a work of soaring and unforgettable literary fiction.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 419 pages
  • 162.56 x 231.14 x 38.1mm | 544.31g
  • HarperTorch
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0062088513
  • 9780062088512

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..".a tour de force of restrained, unreliable first-person narration, a love letter to a beautiful, forgotten place, and a visceral depiction of Haitian political upheaval...A truly auspicious debut."--Michael Knight, author of THE TYPIST and THE DIVINING ROD
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An ambitious young man struggles to define himself and his future in a Caribbean nation plunged into violent revolution.

Having spent his childhood trapped in the slums of a politically volatile Caribbean island, Alexandre dreams of escape. Within only a few years, he rises from being a valet for an important politician to becoming a caretaker for a derelict estate purchased by a wealthy foreign businesswoman. While the rest of the country copes with the rise of a brutal dictator, Alexandre flees to his new home in the remote mountains outside the capital. There he oversees the restoration of a manor house and gardens that evoke for him an innocent, unspoiled past.

When his new employer sees a chance to turn the estate into something more--a decadent, jet-setting resort--Alexandre views the undertaking as the culmination of his dreams. Eager to lose himself in the creation of this opulent Eden, Alexandre severs the last links to his unhappy past, including his family and friends. But as the outside world starts to crumble around him, Alexandre must face the limits of the utopia he has created. Soon he is trapped in the middle of a war he has tried to ignore, and discovers he will have to choose between preserving the estate he loves and protecting the people he has spent his life trying to escape.
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Rating details

93 ratings
3.63 out of 5 stars
5 19% (18)
4 38% (35)
3 31% (29)
2 11% (10)
1 1% (1)
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