The Boiling Season

A Novel

by Christopher Hebert

On Sale: 02/28/2012

The Boiling Season

A Novel

by Christopher Hebert

On Sale: 02/28/2012


About the Book

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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Critical Praise

“Hebert demonstrates an ambition and clarity of vision that is rare in a first novel…A rich, synthesized imagining of the personal history of a country torn asunder.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Hypnotically fascinating…It’s remarkable to see an American novel so profoundly steeped in the tradition of the great Haitian writers of the twentieth century.” - Madison Smartt Bell, author of ALL SOULS' RISING

“THE BOILING SEASON asks all the right questions, and it answers those questions beautifully, with great dramatic force.” - Charles Baxter, author of THE FEAST OF LOVE AND GRYPHON: NEW AND SELECTED STORIES

“…luminous and important…Christopher Hebert is a serious new novelist, one who’s offered us a real gift-a mesmerizing entertainment that uplifts, educates, moves, and changes us.” - Laura Kasischke, author of IN A PERFECT WORLD and THE RAISING

“With an unforced formality of diction…the whole is told with such clear-eyed compassion that the reader comes to honor failure-one mark of this novel’s success.” - Nicholas Delbanco, author of SHERBROOKES

“THE BOILING SEASON is a beguiling political novel…Hebert conjures this strife-torn island-at once fictitious, but also hauntingly familiar-with uncanny precision and compelling lucidity.” - Peter Ho Davies, author of THE WELSH GIRL

“…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

“Hebert conjures a vibrant atmosphere, as rich as a character as any inhabitant, whether in the fetid stink of the slums or the cool, detached opulence of the most affluent homes...” - Booklist

“Allegories about the morality of international development projects are rarely as subtle and lyrical as Christopher Hebert’s debut novel, ‘The Boiling Season.’” - San Francisco Chronicle

“’The Boiling Season’ is a subtly crafted novel and an auspicious debut for Hebert.” - Dayton Daily News

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062088512
  • ISBN 10: 0062088513
  • Imprint: Harper
  • On Sale: 02/28/2012
  • Pages: 432
  • List Price:31.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Political
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Historical

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