Author: Christopher Hebert
Author info: Lecturer, Department of English
Publication Date: February 2012
Synopsis: Having spent his childhood trapped in the slums of a politically volatile Caribbean island, Alexandre dreams of escape. Within only a few years, he rises from being a valet for an important politician to becoming a caretaker for a derelict estate purchased by a wealthy foreign businesswoman. While the rest of the country copes with the rise of a brutal dictator, Alexandre flees to his new home in the remote mountains outside the capital. There he oversees the restoration of a manor house and gardens that evoke for him an innocent, unspoiled past. But as the outside world starts to crumble around him, Alexandre must face the limits of the utopia he has created.