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   Half of Paradise, by James Lee Burke  
 
  Novel, first publication in 1965
 
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      Toussaint Boudreaux, a docker - hardworking and looking for a break - earns extra cash as a prize fighter. But the only break he gets lands him in gaol and then on a chain gang. Avery Broussard, wayward son of an old plantation family, loses his freedom for a cartload of Prohibition moonshine and finds himself attached to the same work camp as Boudreaux. Neither would have chosen the life - blood, sweat and tears come with the territory - but each is determined to make the best of it or find a way out. HALF OF PARADISE is a powerful novel of people from very different backgrounds who find their destinies tragically intertwined.

     
     
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