Plant Teacher

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In 1972, a hippie in California flushes a syringe of LSD down a toilet in anticipation of a police raid. Thirty-five years later, the drug paraphernalia has found its final resting place in Bolivia. There, two young Americans form an unlikely friendship against the backdrop of a country facing dictatorship, and the syringe will shape their destinies more than either could anticipate or desire. More
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About Caroline Alethia

Ellen Alderton, writing as Caroline Alethia, is a professional writer whose work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, on radio and in web outlets. She has worked as a technical writer for the United Nations, a journalist covering European Union business policy in Brussels, and an executive producer of national, Spanish-language educational radio programs. She has edited numerous international publications and has taught business communications at the college level. Her words have reached audiences on six continents. She lived in Bolivia and was a witness to many of the events described in Plant Teacher.


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Review by: Lynn Crawley on June 11, 2012 :
I heard about this book because it was a finalist at the International Book Awards. I can only say it is very deserving of that honor. Martin Banzer, an expatriate in La Paz, has a problem -- a problem so macabre that he cannot tell his family or his best friend about it. While he struggles to reshape his destiny, much happens around him: Bolivia is on the brink of revolution. The girl he is fond of falls in love with another man. Martin teaches English and writes bad poetry while other Americans in Bolivia follow more honorable paths -- development work, rescuing street children. As Martin's problem crescendos, so too do the politics and the striving for normalcy in Bolivia. Without giving away the ending, it is enough to say that the plot reaches a resolution that is somehow both emotionally satisfying but also leaves you wanting more.
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Review by: CJ Simon on June 11, 2012 :
This is a beautifully written, enchanting book. It explores the lives of Americans living in La Paz over the course of several months, but there is so much more to the plot than that. Plant Teacher brings together Inca and native American mythology with modern Bolivian politics while propelling its main characters and it's readers on an exciting, not to mention dark, adventure. I read this book on the recommendation of a friend, and it is something I will continue to think about for a long time to come.
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