Received an ARC of this book from Harper
I had a hard time relating to the main character in this book. It was interesting to read about how the main house and the property was fixed up. Not to give away too much, but parts of this book reminded me more of how occupied France has been described during WWII than descriptions of presidential revolutions.
There was an intriguing plot theme focusing on the wealthy/celebrities wanting to escape their daily life and be isolated in a resort environment. On the flip side, the plot theme of highlighting the locals wanting to not live in poverty and forgetting about the old neighborhood. In a way both groups were wanting to reinvent themselves in different ways.
This book wasn’t my favorite, but with revolutions in the Middle East in the news this book does provide another perspective on life during a revolution.
Here are two articles to read more about this book – interview of Christopher Herbert at Chapter 16 and Christopher’s own essay which inspired this story.