The Hotel des Mille-Collines is a magnet for a privileged group of residents living in Kigali.
As civil unrest threatens what little order remains in the city, Valcourt, a Canadian journalist, falls for a beautiful Hutu waitress, Gentille. When news of the trouble reaches the hotel, both Valcourt and Gentille speak out against the brutal attacks, but are met with apathetic UN forces, corrupt policemen and the blindness of western media.
A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali is a powerful political novel, a poignant love story and a stirring hymn to humanity.
Gil Courtemanche is an author and journalist in international and third-world politics. He has written many non-fiction works and made the award-winning documentary The Gospel of AIDS. A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali, originally published in 2000, won the Prix des libraires, the booksellers' award for the outstanding book of the year. Patricia Claxton is one of Canada's foremost translators, and has won the Governor General's Award for Translation on two separate occasions.