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Butterfly Winter
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Butterfly Winter
A Novel
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Butterfly Winter, W.P. Kinsella's first novel in 15 years, is the story of Julio and Esteban Pimental, twins born in the Caribbean country of Courteguay, a lush and enchanted but impoverished enclave on the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic where time moves at its own pace and reality is open to question. The brothers are destined to play ball in America, and to shape the history of their baseball-crazed homeland. They mature quickly and by the age of ten they leave home for the Major Leagues. Julio is a winning pitcher who, much to the chagrin of any team that signs him, will only throw to his catcher brother, who is a very weak hitter. As they pursue their baseball dreams, events in their homeland, including political brutalities and the outlawing of baseball, continue to shape their lives. They are monitored by the Wizard, a mysterious figure who controls events behind the scenes. In his last years, the Wizard tells the story of the twins, their family and their lovers to a skeptical gringo journalist. Butterfly Winter is a magical literary romp that includes a diabolical chiropractor, a romance blessed by butterflies and a deep political undercurrent that unites the wealthy north with the baseball-loving, talent-laden but oppressed and deprived south.

Butterfly Winter, W.P. Kinsella's first novel in 15 years, is the story of Julio and Esteban Pimental, twins born in the Caribbean country of Courteguay, a lush and enchanted but impoverished enclave on the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic where time moves at its own pace and reality is open to question. The brothers are destined to play ball in America, and to shape the history of their baseball-crazed homeland. They mature quickly and by the age of ten they leave home for the Major Leagues. Julio is a winning pitcher who, much to the chagrin of any team that signs him, will only throw to his catcher brother, who is a very weak hitter. As they pursue their baseball dreams, events in their homeland, including political brutalities and the outlawing of baseball, continue to shape their lives. They are monitored by the Wizard, a mysterious figure who controls events behind the scenes. In his last years, the Wizard tells the story of the twins, their family and their lovers to a skeptical gringo journalist. Butterfly Winter is a magical literary romp that includes a diabolical chiropractor, a romance blessed by butterflies and a deep political undercurrent that unites the wealthy north with the baseball-loving, talent-laden but oppressed and deprived south.

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  • W.P. Kinsella is the legendary author of dozens of published works. His stories appear in numerous anthologies around the world. His most famous novel, Shoeless Joe, was turned into the Hollywood hit, Field of Dreams.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    December 10, 2012
    At 76, Canadian writer Kinsella (Shoeless Joe) emerges from a 15-year literary hibernation with this grim, violent novel of twin brothers and the sport that binds them. The narrative is relayed through an interview between a sage, elder “Wizard” and a spry “Gringo Journalist” eager to pen a true history of Courteguay, a fictional baseball-loving country on Hispaniola. Amid details of political melodrama, the Wizard reveals Courteguay as the home of two baseball players who took the world by storm: Julio and Esteban Pimental. Julio, a virtual star from birth, can only pitch well if his brother Esteban is catching, a crutch that will haunt his stellar career. Courteguay, meanwhile, elects the Wizard president, who is soon overthrown by the malicious politician Dr. Lucius Noir, who, in between torturing citizens, bans baseball. In America, the boys excel in the sport and though Julio becomes the “greatest pitcher ever to play in the Major Leagues,” his heart is broken when his first love, Quita, is tortured and killed by Dr. Noir. Kinsella incorporates fantastical elements, but the novel’s light and dark themes don’t mesh well, nor do the shifting perspectives and narrative techniques serve the author’s grand imagination. Agent: Caroline Swayze, Caroline Swayze Literary Agency Ltd.

  • Globe & Mail

    "It is the voice of a master who speaks through these pages."

  • Winnipeg Free Press "A phenomenal comeback."
  • NOW "Butterfly Winter is magical, with language that sings off the page."
  • Columbia Daily Tribune

    "The author's mastery of the written word has only grown with the passing of time."
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