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Death and the Butterfly

A Novel

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ON SALE: July 14, 2020 | Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.25, 208 pages | ISBN 9781640093256
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A sweeping multigenerational story centered around endless heartbreak and enduring love

London, England, September 1940. Thirteen-year-old Susan McEwan and her older brother, Phillip—himself a pilot—witness firsthand the initial Nazi bombing of civilian London. Weeks later, Phillip’s Sunderland is shot down, and his family is wordlessly devastated.

Toronto, Canada, the early 1980s. As a young couple struggles to survive the Reagan recession, the husband, Alexander Polo, is forced to take a job as a paperboy. When the wife, Julie, is expectant, Polo must now confront his future head-on and heart open.

Montana, the first days of September 2001. In the midst of his wedding and 9/11, Jack Riordan discovers a magazine story written by Polo about Susan and airplanes and her love of the poems of Pablo Neruda.

With humor and empathy, Colin Hester explores how Susan, Polo, and Jack carry on—grieving the death of a child or the end of a marriage—in deeply felt and beautifully imagined prose. Hester’s intricate and sweeping multigenerational novel, Death and the Butterfly, follows a cast of interconnected characters through life’s endless heartbreak and enduring love.

About Colin Hester

COLIN HESTER is a British-born former student of Zen and former thirty-year-old paperboy. The author of Diamond Sutra, Hester has taught writing at Central Washington University, the University of Montana, and the University of Colorado. He lives just north of Seattle with his British-born wife, Susan, and his U.S.-born cat.

Praise

Praise for Diamond Sutra

“A wonderful read . . . A true house of cards in which you fall, like Alice, through scene after scene. It’s a fall from grace through horror into a grace more simple. And after the house of cards tumbles we are left alone, awake and alive.” —William Kittredge, author of The Willow Field

“Like a dream that leaves you trembling for hours, Diamond Sutra is by turns frightening, sexy, edgy, fantastic, and at its center deeply courageous and true. Colin Hester tells a story like a magician and writes like he’s lit from within.” —Pam Houston, author of Deep Creek

“Heartfelt and evocative.” —Newsday

“A knowing ride through the rough country of a young man’s broken heart.” —Publishers Weekly

“Original, quirky, impressive . . . [an] audacious debut.” —Kirkus Reviews

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