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Death in the Rainy Season
Death in the Rainy Season

Death in the Rainy Season

FICTION

254 Pages, 5.5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $16.00 (US $16.00) (CA $21.60)

Publication Date: March 2018

ISBN 9781944453046

Rights: WOR

Cuidono Press (Mar 2018)

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Overview

Recently widowed, Sarah Laforge arrives in Zaire to take up her new post at the U.S. Embassy, determined to find meaningful work. The year is 1989 and the expatriate Europeans and Americans Sarah encounters in Kinshasa live in a privileged world where they drink, flirt, and gossip about who is sleeping with whom. But throughout all of this petty activity important business is getting done. Information is being gathered. Big power plays are being made. Jacques Delpech, a Belgian businessman born and raised in Zaire, also moves in these circles. His deep commitment to the country opens up another world for Sarah, while her idealism and openness help to soften his own pain. As a plot to overthrow the dictator Mobutu gains momentum, power, corruption, and sexual jealousy threaten to shatter their idyllic love affair.

Reviews

"In 1989, Sarah LaForge arrives in Zaire determined to do some good in the world. Only 28 and already a widow, she feels that this post with the U.S. Embassy will be her chance to start again after her husband's suicide. Not long after her arrival, Sarah meets Jacques, and their connection is undeniable, and the two idealists embark on a passionate affair. Jacques, though Belgian, has lived his entire life in Zaire, and he is firmly enmeshed in the political and social whirl of a country full of corruption, expatriate influence, and business interests. As turmoil looms like the ever-present storms of the rainy season, Sarah and Jacques find themselves right in the middle of a very dangerous situation. But despite the risk, Jacques and Sarah begin to heal the pain within one another. Devlin (Precious Pawn, 2014) has crafted a richly described landscape and brought to life characters straight from the pages of history. And she should know, having lived and fallen in love in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) during that time period." — Diana Platt, Booklist

Author Biography

For several years in the eighties, Mary Martin Devlin lived in Kinshasa, Zaire, and came to know the breathtaking beauty of the country, along with its squalor and misery, the chronic political maneuvering, the abusive power of corporations like big oil, and, of course, the expatriate life. She draws on these experiences to bring to life the dissolute community of Westerners in Third World countries where easy living and dangerous intrigue blend together in a deceptive haze. Devlin is the author of Precious Pawn (Cuidono, 2014). She has translated and collaborated on books regarding the African AIDS epidemic and the politics of the Congo, including Chief of Station, Congo, which chronicles her husband's experiences in Cold War-era Africa. Her story "The Resting Wall" was short-listed for the O. Henry Prize in 2003. She divides her time between Atlanta, Georgia, and the south of France.