White Doves at Morning

White Doves at Morning

A Novel

Large Print - 2004
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A New York Times BestsellerAcclaimed for his bestselling thriller series, James Lee Burke makes a brilliantly successful departure with this epic story of love, hate, and survival set against the tumultuous background of the Civil War and Reconstruction. At the center of the novel are Burke's own ancestors: Robert Perry, from a slave-owning family of wealth and privilege; and Willie Burke, born of poor Irish immigrants, as irreverent as he is brave and decent. Despite their personal an political conflicts, both men join the Confederate army. Facing ordeal by fire, they're determined not to back down in their commitment to their beliefs, to their friends, and to the abolitionist woman with whom both are infatuated.
Publisher: Waterville, ME : Large Print Press, 2004.
ISBN: 9781410401731
Characteristics: p. cm.


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Jul 07, 2016

James Lee Burke is one of my favorite living authors and I've read almost everything he's written. Many of his books are mysteries and he has a long running series with detective Dave Robicheuax. "White Doves at Morning" is something of a change of pace as it's a historical novel set during and after the Civil War. As with many of his novels, Burke explores injustice, racial tension, and male anger and violence. This is a more direct treatment of racism than most of his books and as such is one of his most penetrating and profound. With its sense of the burden of the past it recalls Faulkner, although Burke's clear, hard prose is the opposite of Faulkner's. I don't know why this didn't win any awards, as it's deeper and better than just about anything those bespectacled, bottled water drinking New York boys named Jonathan have produced.


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