The Boiling Season by Christopher Hebert
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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.

About Christopher Hebert

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Christopher Hebert graduated from Antioch College, where he also worked at the Antioch Review. He has spent time in Guatemala, taught in Mexico, and worked as a research assistant to author Susan Cheever. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, and was awarded its prestigious Hopwood Award for Fiction. He is an acquisition editor for fiction and music at the University of Michigan Press. He lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, with his son and wife, novelist Margaret Lazarus Dean.
Published February 28, 2012 by Harper. 437 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Over the course of several years, Alexandre builds Habitation Louvois into an obscenely opulent resort that accents the bitter divide between the country’s wealthy tourists and the shantytowns that mark its true nature.

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Alexandre becomes a household favorite thanks to the education his shopkeeper father sacrificed to give him, in the hope that Alexandre would “give back” as a doctor or lawyer, but Alexandre has “no aptitude for being a champion of the people.” Through his friendship with M.

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Busily transforming the estate into an opulent resort for a wealthy American businesswoman, Alexandre chooses not to see the civil war brewing just beyond his gates.

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