Christopher Hebert‘s novel The Boiling Season was published by Harper Collins in February 2012.
Book Description: 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.
“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 Soul’s 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