Prisoners of War

Prisoners of War

by Steve Yarbrough
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Prisoners of War by Steve Yarbrough

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, Marty’s war is far from over and threatens to erupt again.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307427328
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/18/2007
Series: Vintage Contemporaries
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,110,372
File size: 821 KB

About the Author

Steve Yarbrough’s honors include the Mississippi Authors Award, the California Book Award, and a third from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. The author of two previous novels and three collections of stories, he is a native of the Delta town of Indianola and now lives in Fresno, California.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.