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"Yarbrough writes with quiet compassion . . . [about] what it means to be American, and all the unexpected–and often unwarranted–sacrifices that identity might comprise." –The New York Times Book Review
“In this powerful, understated novel, [Yarbrough] finds a way to describe how fleeting moments between people slowly accrue and gather the heaviness of fate.” –The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Vivid and dramatic. . . . Prisoners of War is smart and entertaining.” –San Francisco Chronicle
“Yarbrough has created a timely war novel that is refreshingly unpredictable yet as comfortable as an old boot.” –The Oregonian
Posted August 9, 2004
I based my purchase of this book on the title and subject matter alone as I'm not familiar with the author or his works but am a big WWII fan. I found this novel unsatisfying, particularly after having read a truly fine literary work, THE HAMILTON CASE. The characters are not all that intersting and the idea that the three groups--blacks, whites (in particular, returning soldiers), and German prisoners--are somehow all prisoners of the war is simply not well developed. I much preferred the young-adult story SUMMER OF MY GEMAN SOLDIER, which also took place in the South but concerned a young Jewish firl who befriends a German POW.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.