Robert Hunting is a prolific novelist, interested in narrating taut stories about the human condition. He leans toward historical fiction, but believes a good tale is a good tale regardless of its time period. He is the author of six novels and holds a Bachelor degree in history and a Master's degree in social science.
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Young, idealistic Matelde Carmouche, a daughter of privilege, yearns to change the world. She gets more than she bargained for in this historical tale, To Bear the Hard Things, A Novel of the Paris Uprising.
The enemy surrounds Paris at the height of the Franco-Prussian war. Panicked, the government takes flight in hot air balloons. A new government, the Commune, takes control and Matilde joins them. She brings home a street child, Esma, and falls for Xavier, a man her parents disapprove of.
A search for a missing child, the hunt for a royalist sympathizer, and federal troops pouring into the city has everyone on edge. Matilde still searches for Esma but escaping the city alive is a more difficult challenge.