John L. Raye's 1864 and Other Stories begins with a glimpse of some of the luminaries of the Civil War era. Harriet Beecher Stowe contemplates her most famous literary achievement. Henry David Thoreau plans out his essay on civil disobedience. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa mourns all who have lost their lives in war. Leo Tolstoy sees the beginnings of War and Peace.
The plot jumps from these famous faces to the main characters in 1968. Jack Tuttle and Karen St. James are recent high school graduates dealing with major ideological differences. Their story intersects with that of John and Eben Hunt, cousins fighting in the Civil War. The four characters connect in unexpected ways.
Author John L. Raye is an experienced Civil War historian. He combines his research of the 1860s with his own memories of the 1960s and the Vietnam War. In tying the two eras together, Raye creates a powerful message about patriotism and cycles of war. These illuminated connections will give readers something new to ponder when they turn the last page.
In addition to 1864, Raye has included several shorter stories that also emphasize challenges to identity, loyalty, and faith.
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About the Author
John L. Raye lives in Canton, Connecticut, with his wife. He has previously published Island Sacrifice, which included characters based on his great-grandfather Henry Howard Wadsworth and his brother-in-law George Sabine. His new novella, 1864, briefly revisits these characters.