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Harvest Season: A Novel

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More than a decade after first discovering an idyllic, ancient, walled town deep in the mountains of southwest China, Matt, a former guidebook writer, returns to find his modern-day vision of Shangrila threatened by a brash outsider intent on putting the town on the party circuit. Matt falls for the newcomer’s fiery girlfriend and becomes entangled in a power struggle that ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Earnshaw Books
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Jason Pettus
Dec 06, 2010 Jason Pettus rated it really liked it
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

Although the writing style itself is often not up to the level of most mainstream publishing, there's a lot to passionately love about basement-press books anyway; for example, they often deliver one of the most concrete, evocative examples in all of literature of submerging a reader into a very specific s
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Tom Vater
May 15, 2012 Tom Vater rated it it was amazing
Chris Taylor‘s excellent novel Harvest Season is not strictly crime fiction, though crimes are certainly committed in this incisive tale about the nasty end of the backpacker generation, played out in Southern China.

I reviewed Harvest Season for The Wall Street Journal last year:

“…guidebooks and international travel become a beautiful blip in the history of the species, or maybe not even that beautiful, except for the few of us who were privileged enough to get to a few places before they got fu
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Shelves: burma
[burma shelf just because it mentions burma, note to self]

fine first novel about the travelers/tourist trail and its culdesac in a paradisaical corner of sw china. lots of tribes people, a long tradition of growing ganja, open minded locals, and outsiders of course. then more outsiders, then more, and more and weirder too, and more. til finally the open minded locals...? they start disappearing the outsiders, then there are less. a few less anyway. great east meets west explications too, or at l
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