The Photographer's Boy

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A story of three American eras...

A teenaged boy and his grandfather travel across America to attend that last great reunion of Civil War veterans, at Gettysburg in 1938, where secrets and lies are revealed about the old man's past. Perhaps he was not the hero his grandson thought - but he still has a valuable treasure to reveal, which will shed intriguing light on the war and his part in it.

This debut novel by an award-winning British ...

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The Photographer's Boy: A Novel

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Overview


A story of three American eras...

A teenaged boy and his grandfather travel across America to attend that last great reunion of Civil War veterans, at Gettysburg in 1938, where secrets and lies are revealed about the old man's past. Perhaps he was not the hero his grandson thought - but he still has a valuable treasure to reveal, which will shed intriguing light on the war and his part in it.

This debut novel by an award-winning British journalist takes the reader into three different key periods in US history: the 1860s, the 1930s and the present day. It raises great themes about journalism, photography, war and young love in a compelling story which mixes both past and present.

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01/06/2014
Chance saves Gene from a seat on United Flight 93; post-9/11 trauma sends timorous Gene Hofsettler and wife Isabelle to the backwater refuge of small town New England. There, they find a hidden trove of old photographic plates, relics dating back to the American Civil War. Their effort to learn more about the plates and their creation provides the frame for two linked stories, the tale of a young photographer Alfred Barker in the Civil War and the story of Barker's grandson Jim's ill-fated romance with would-be actress Annabelle-Lee Morrow. The three stories—modern, Depression era and Civil War—cast an illuminating light on the fables people tell themselves and on the realities many prefer to forget. The Civil War photographs, seemingly clear in content and meaning, take on new significance in fuller context; what appears to be simple documentation proves more akin to pandering sensationalism. Similarly, the simple stories people tell themselves about romance and family prove unreliable guides to the complexities of life. Veteran British Journalist and non-fiction author Bates' debut novel is an unflinching but sympathetic, often touching, look at the comforting fictions people wrap themselves in to protect themselves from the cold of reality. Agent: Charlie Viney, The Viney Agency. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781624672064
  • Publisher: Premier Digital Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/22/2013
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 1,413,504
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Bates is a British journalist and author who has been fascinated by the American Civil War and the pioneering Victorian photographers for many years and this story combines his two enthusiasms. He lives in England but knows the US well. This is his first novel.

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