Christine Hale Basil's Dream

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Basil's Dream

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Fiction. Lucy Langston's marriage is failing when her husband Darrell is suddenly offered a new job as CFO for an American insurance firm in Bermuda. With their twelve-year-old son Peyton, they leave their affluent Connecticut life to start anew in a paradise of pink beaches and quaint British decorum. All too soon, a darker reality emerges, and each of them becomes secretly entangled with Marcus Passjohn--a charismatic opposition leader known for his defense of the island's underclass--and Marcus's alienated son Zef, a budding anarchist. Darrell slips into an intrigue to destroy Passjohn's credibility. Peyton, bullied at school, takes refuge in a frightening delinquency with Zef. And Lucy, seeking to reclaim her son before it's too late, enters a compelling alliance with Marcus Passjohn, one that quickly escalates into a powerfully transforming love affair.

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Christine Hale is an extraordinarily gifted writer, as "Basil's Dream" so eloquently testifies. Her moral vision is as clear and unblinking as the fine eye she trains on Bermuda, in all its paradoxical beauty and poverty, its landscape of privilege and thwarted dreams. --Richard Russo

A novel of soul-searing love, lies and betrayals, and struggles of conscience.

Lucy Langston's marriage is failing when her husband Darrell is suddenly offered a new job as CFO for an American insurance firm in Bermuda. With their twelve-year-old son Peyton, they leave their affluent Connecticut life to start anew in a paradise of pink beaches and quaint British decorum. But a darker reality emerges, and each of them becomes secretly entangled with Marcus Passjohn, a charismatic opposition leader known for his defense of the island's underclass, and Marcus's alienated son Zef, a budding anarchist.

About the Author:

Christine Hale worked in investment banking in New York City in the early 80s, began teaching writing in 1996 and in the intervening years worked part-time as a freelance writer, editor and copy editor in business communications. From 1989 to 1992, as the mother of two small children, she lived in Bermuda. BASIL'S DREAM is her first novel. Her short fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in many journals, including Arts & Letters, Apalachee Review, Natural Bridge, and The Sun. A fellow of the MacDowell, Ucross, Hedgebrook, and Hambidge colonies and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ms. Hale teaches in the Murray State University Low-Residency MFA Program in Murray, Kentucky. She earned her own MFA in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers in Asheville, N.C.

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