( 2 )


Flanders is the breakout novel by Patricia Anthony, whose award-winning science fiction has transcended the genre through the sheer power of her storytelling. Flanders is Anthony's first true mainstream novel, a powerful evocation of the First World War--and the passage between life and death that reveals itself to one young soldier...

The New York Times Notable Book that ...
See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (31) from $1.99   
  • New (2) from $19.93   
  • Used (29) from $1.99   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
Seller since 2010

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Author of "God's Fires All items are packed very well for delivery.

Ships from: Hiram, GA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:


Condition: New

Ships from: Chicago, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
BN.com price
This digital version does not exactly match the physical book displayed here.


Flanders is the breakout novel by Patricia Anthony, whose award-winning science fiction has transcended the genre through the sheer power of her storytelling. Flanders is Anthony's first true mainstream novel, a powerful evocation of the First World War--and the passage between life and death that reveals itself to one young soldier...

The New York Times Notable Book that "ranks close to All Quiet on the Western Front in its impact." (San Francisco Chronicle)

"A haunting, sometimes almost hallucinatory yet surprising war novel."-- Booklist (starred review)

"One seriously fine talent...determined to break the bounds of speculative fiction."-- New York Daily News

"A harrowing and beautiful novel, demonstrating--again--that Patricia Anthony is one of our great writers. Worthy of comparison to All Quiet on the Western Front."-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Anthony's subtle and innovative storytelling reaches a new plane in her latest novel, a foray into magical realism that contrasts the waking hell of war with the fragile peace of eternity."-- Library Journal

"Travis Lee...[is] an engaging character...and I would have read his story straight through, if my tears had let me."-- San Diego Union-Tribune

"Profoundly spiritual....Nothing before has prepared readers for the visceral thrust of Flanders. A harrowing triumph."-- Kirkus Reviews
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Flanders Fields, where so many died so horribly during WWI, an American volunteer named Travis Lee Stanhope finds terror, death, forgiveness and, ultimately, an odd sort of salvation. Anthony (God's Fires), one of speculative fiction's brightest talents, has written a novel of the Great War that is worthy of comparison to Erich Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front. Travis Lee is a wonderfully complex character, a wild boy from Texas who had the brains to win a scholarship to Harvard, a survivor of childhood abuse who hates his alcoholic father but fears he may be turning into him. Uncomfortable at home and at school, Travis, like many young Americans in 1916, enlists in the British army in search of adventure. What he finds instead is the monstrous human meatgrinder that is Flanders in northern France. Few writers have succeeded so well as Anthony in describing the horrors of trench warfare, the mud and disease, the rotting bodies and unending bombardment, the virtually universal madness that turns men into killers and rapists. Travis Lee is a talented sharpshooter, but as months of terror go by and the number of his kills grows, he beings to see things, at first in his dreams and later on the battlefield itself. Ghosts begin to haunt him, unwilling or unable to leave the shell craters and barbed wire where their lives ended. Told by a battlefield chaplain that he's gifted with the Second Sight, Travis Lee repeatedly finds himself wandering in an unearthly cemetery, a melancholy place that nonetheless hints at the possibility of eternal life. This is a harrowing and beautiful novel, demonstratingagainthat Anthony is one of our finest writers, in and out of the genre. (May) (PW best book of 1998)
VOYA - Kevin Beach
This wonderfully-written, unusual story, told through a series of letters from a young soldier to his brother, is set in 1916 Flanders where British troops are fighting the Germans. The horror of living and dying in the foxholes is vividly depicted in gruesome detail. Travis Lee is a Texas sharp-shooter seeking adventure who joins the European war. An anomaly to everyone, Harvard-educated Travis is at home in the wilderness, yet can quote the Romantic English classics. His company includes a Catholic priest; a psychotic, highly-decorated Canadian officer; and a Jewish captain, quietly undermined by the other officers, who becomes a soul mate to Travis. At first, Travis's letters home seem overly literate and descriptive, but he writes from the heart and his style is true to the time. Though Travis worries that his drunken father may harm his family, in time he grows numb. Along with his war mates, he adapts to the smell of mud, poisonous gas flames, dead bodies, and the routine killing. The monotony is broken only by retreats to reserve trenches away from the front, or surprise enemy attacks resulting in death and mutilation. Then Travis discovers his "gift"; dreaming of a peaceful place where a "calico girl" seems to protect him, he begins to see recently killed soldiers, and realizes his refuge is a cemetery. He also sees "ghosties" on the battlefield, confused souls who need to be led to the graveyard. An atheist who thinks he is going mad, Travis has long discussions with the priest who confirms Travis's gift, and "duty" to comfort the dead. Spending more and more time in the dream cemetery, Travis soon loses his ability to kill and is given the dangerous task of retrieving the dead and wounded from the battlefield. He knows the calico girl will come for him someday soon. Anthony adeptly conveys the "war is hell" theme in this complex novel--oddly and erroneously classified by the publisher as science fiction--explaining the motives and despair of soldiers at all levels. Frank portrayals of prostitutes, a rape, many brutal battle deaths, and sexual talk among the troops are a part of this very literate work for the mature high school student. VOYA Codes: 5Q 2P S (Hard to imagine it being better written, For the YA reader with a special interest in the subject, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
Fighting in Flanders during the fall and winter of 1916 resulted in some of the worst carnage of WW I—the Battle of Ypres and the Battle of Passchendaele Ridge. British troops, called in to relieve the struggling French Army, fought in rain-soaked trenches filled with mud, rats, and disease, as well as the dead and wounded, while trying to avoid breathing the Germans' deadly mustard gas. Travis Lee Stanhope, a tough young Texan and Harvard graduate who aspires to be a doctor, worships the Romantic poets, especially Shelley and Keats, and joins the British Army for a "vacation," believing the war would be over by fall. The Yank becomes a sharpshooter in the no man's land between the German and British forces, and later, serves as a stretcher bearer. Travis narrates his adventures in a series of letters written to his younger brother, Bobby. The military men Travis meets change him in many ways—the Catholic priest O'Shaughnessy; his gay Jewish friend, Captain Miller; marksman Pierre LeBlanc; Sergeant Riddell and the men of his company. Unlike his fellow soldiers, Travis has a vivid dream life, a visionary awareness of things to come and a strange ability to communicate with the dead and bring them to peaceful rest in the graveyard of his dreams. Travis struggles with memories of his father's alcoholism, the rapes of two young Flemish women, and the prejudice against Jews in the army. He matures morally and spiritually as he witnesses the deaths of his friends and the grim conditions facing the survivors. An excellent book for teens and adults hungering for a realistic war story. Language and sexual incidents are appropriate to the combat context, although caution is advised forsome readers who might find it difficult to deal with these aspects. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1998, Berkley, 354p, 21cm, $13.95. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Susan G. Allison; Libn., Lewiston H.S., Lewiston, ME, July 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 4)
Library Journal
Assigned to a British army unit as a sharpshooter in World War I, Texan Travis Lee Stanhope serves as a sniper in Flanders in 1916. As days of carnage and attrition alternate with an eerily pastoral dreamworld of the dead, Stanhope becomes a bridge across a different kind of No Man's Land. Anthony's (God's Fires, Ace, 1997) subtle and innovative storytelling reaches a new plane in her latest novel, a foray into magical realism that contrasts the waking hell of war with the fragile peace of eternity. An excellent candidate for readers of mainstream war fiction, this compelling story belongs in most libraries' general or fantasy collections.
Kirkus Reviews
From the author of God's Fires (1997), etc., an epistolary novel whose action takes place between March 2 and December 23, 1916. Former Harvard medical student Travis Lee Stanhope, now a private in the British army, is his company's crack sharpshooter. From his dugout in the cold, wet, muddy Flanders trenches, he describes his appalling day-to-day experiences in letters to his younger brother, Bobby, back home in Harper, Texas. In his brief replies, Bobby reminds Stanhope of a family life he'd prefer to forget. A lover of poetry, Stanhope is befriended by an officer, Captain Miller, whose double handicap is that he's both Jewish and homosexual. Stanhope's companion on patrol is the French-Canadian Pierre LeBlanc, a terrifying assassin who delights in creeping through the dark to slit enemy throats. The authorities come to suspect Stanhope of the rape/murder of a young French girl; his alibi is watertightþhe was spying on Miller in a clinch with another officer—but he can't betray Miller by saying so. Stanhope finds peace only in dreams, which take him to a graveyard where his dead companions in glass-topped graves, watched over by a calico girl in a mausoleum with a blue glass ceiling. Mesmerizing stuff, highly textured and brimming with insight. Why is it science fiction? Well, it isn't; and attempting to market it as such helps this frustratingly underappreciated author not at all: Science fiction's loss would be the literary mainstream's gain.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441005284
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Anthony is the highly acclaimed author of Cold Allies (winner of the Locus Award for Best First Novel), Brother Termite (motion picture option to James Cameron), Conscience of the Beagle, Happy Policeman, and Cradle of Splendor. She lives in Texas.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2001

    Revisting trench warfare

    I was suprised when I read reviews comparing 'Flanders' to 'All Quiet of the Western Front.' Yes, they both capture life on the the Western Front. However, 'Flanders' is also a story about three men, a French-Canadian, an English Jew, and a Texan. They harbor secrets and tragedies that the war rips open and pushes them into the dark recesses of anger, betrayal and loneliness. The narrative is very straightforward and vivid. Sometimes it betrays too much information for an epistilary format. On the other hand I cannot imagine the delivery of the last few pages in any other form. I bought this book almost four years ago and I still read it. 'Flanders' always offers me something. This novel is brutal, but it's also funny and spiritual.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)