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A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali

Authors: Courtemanche, Gil
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: FIC019000, FIC051000, FIC037000
ISBN: 9780307424525, Related ISBNs: 0307424529, 0676974813, 0676974821, 1400034345, 1400041074
Classification: Fiction
Number of pages: 272,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali is a moving, passionate love story set amid the turmoil and terror of Rwanda’s genocide.
All manner of Kigali residents pass their time by the pool of the Mille-Collines hotel: aid workers, Rwandan bourgeoisie, expatriates, UN peacekeepers, prostitutes. Keeping a watchful eye is Bernard Valcourt, a jaded foreign journalist, but his closest attention is devoted to Gentille, a hotel waitress with the slender, elegant build of a Tutsi. As they slip into an intense, improbable affair, the delicately balanced world around them–already devastated by AIDS–erupts in a Hutu-led genocide against the Tutsi people. Valcourt’s efforts to spirit Gentille to safety end in their separation. It will be months before he learns of his lover’s shocking fate.
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