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The violets of Usambara

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    Cormorant Books, 2018
    Note: This book was purchased with support from the Government of Canada's Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability Component.


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    Bujumbura, Burundi is one of the last places you would expect to find Thomas Brossard. Once a powerful cabinet minister in Brian Mulroney’s Conservative government, Thomas never had a particular interest in the continent of Africa and the concerns it represented. That was his wife Louise’s domain. But, after an embarrassing election loss, Thomas will do just about anything to regain political power and improve his wife’s estimation of him. Through the 1980s and into the 1990s, the Brossards didn’t have much to worry about; they raised a prosperous Québécois family, as might be expected of a successful cabinet minister. But, with Thomas’s electoral defeat, the world outside their home becomes less inviting. After Thomas’s ill-fated run for mayor of Montreal leaves him a failure, he attempts to overcome his lack of success with the help of Louise, who finds a Catholic charity in need of a political figure to investigate their projects in Africa. When Thomas disappears in war-stricken Burundi on his fact-finding mission, Louise becomes trapped inside their house in Montreal by her own fears; she is left to fret about her continually blurring past, piecing together how she has reached this sudden point of loneliness and isolation.

    Original Publisher: Toronto, Cormorant Books
    Language(s): English
    ISBN: 9781770862265