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Half of Paradise
     

Half of Paradise

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by James Lee Burke
 

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In this intense, fascinating story, Burke follows the lives of three young Louisiana men, each of whom finds himself in desperate circumstances. There's Avery Broussard, the last survivor of a family of once prosperous land owners, who has a weakness for alcohol; J.P. Winfield, a poor singer and guitar player who rises to fame as a country music star, only to be

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In this intense, fascinating story, Burke follows the lives of three young Louisiana men, each of whom finds himself in desperate circumstances. There's Avery Broussard, the last survivor of a family of once prosperous land owners, who has a weakness for alcohol; J.P. Winfield, a poor singer and guitar player who rises to fame as a country music star, only to be destroyed by drug addiction; and Toussaint Boudreaux, a black longshoreman who moonlights as a heavyweight boxer. The destinies of these men are tragically intertwined in this debut novel that showcases Burke's masterful and now-familiar style.

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Library Journal
These titles, published throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, represent Burke's early work before the creation of his now famous Cajun detective, Dave Robicheaux. Each features protagonists forced to make tough decisions that will forever change the paths of their lives (LJ 3/1/65, LJ 7/70, LJ 1/15/72).
USA Today
"If you haven't read James Lee Burke, he's worth discovering."
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"If you haven't read James Lee Burke, he's worth discovering."—USA Today

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786233984
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
482
Product dimensions:
5.79(w) x 8.77(h) x 1.02(d)

Meet the Author

James Lee Burke was born in Houston, Texas, in 1936 and grew up on the Texas-Louisiana gulf coast. He attended Southwestern Louisiana Institute and later received a B. A. Degree in English and an M. A. from the University of Missouri in 1958 and 1960 respectively. Over the years he worked as a landman for Sinclair Oil Company, pipeliner, land surveyor, newspaper reporter, college English professor, social worker on Skid Row in Los Angeles, clerk for the Louisiana Employment Service, and instructor in the U. S. Job Corps.

He and his wife Pearl met in graduate school and have been married 48 years, they have four children: Jim Jr., an assistant U.S. Attorney; Andree, a school psychologist; Pamala, a T. V. ad producer; and Alafair, a law professor and novelist who has 4 novels out with Henry Holt publishing.

Burke's work has been awarded an Edgar twice for Best Crime Novel of the Year. He has also been a recipient of a Breadloaf and Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA grant. Two of his novels, Heaven's Prisoners and Two For Texas, have been made into motion pictures. His short stories have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, New Stories from the South, Best American Short Stories, Antioch Review, Southern Review, and The Kenyon Review. His novel The Lost Get-Back Boogie was rejected 111 times over a period of nine years, and upon publication by Louisiana State University press was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Today he and his wife live in Missoula, Montana, and New Iberia, Louisiana.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New Iberia, Louisiana and Missoula, Montana
Date of Birth:
December 5, 1936
Place of Birth:
Houston, Texas
Education:
B.A., University of Missouri, 1959; M.A., University of Missouri, 1960
Website:
http://www.jamesleeburke.com/

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Half of Paradise 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
SamiO More than 1 year ago
This is one of the very best by James Lee Burke. He has never ceased to amaze me with his story telling. I only wish I could find a chronological list of his books!! CKM
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*Moans as her bloated belly growls from a mixture of hunger and excessive lactose. Angel gives her orange peanut butter crackers. She eats twelve of them and then realizes something.* These are cheese crackers... *Puts her hand on her belly.*
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shr More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of the worst books and waste of my time i ever had the displeasure to waste my money on..Do Not Buy!!