It is 1943, and the war has come home to Loring, Mississippi. As German POWs labor in the cotton fields, the local draft board sends boys into uniform, and families receive flags and condolences. But for Dan Timms, just shy of 18, the war is his ticket out of town and away from the ghosts that haunt him. As he peddles goods from a rolling store for his profiteer uncle, Dan tries to understand his friend L.C., a young man who, on account of his skin, feels like a prisoner himself. But one day, Dan spots Marty Stark who has just returned from Italy, mysteriously reassigned to guard the POWs he was once trained to kill. As Dan soon learns, Marty8217;s war is far from over and threatens to erupt again.
Dan's father was haunted all his life by World War I flashbacks, and recently committed suicide. Now Dan is 18 in 1943 Mississippi, and looking forward to enlisting in the army. His war-traumatized pal Marty has been relocated from Europe to guard German POWs at a nearby camp. And L.C., the African-American Dan works with, has no intention of fighting a war for a country that treats him like a second-class citizen. As these three young men, and the other people in this small farming community, react in their own ways to the war abroad, violence and racism are simmering just below the surface, until they explode.
- Fiction + Literature Themes
- Society + Social Issues, War + Military, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Psychology, Settings
- Vintage Books
- March 8, 2005
- March 8, 2005
- Steve Yarbrough