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The year of Jubilo : a novel of the Civil War
Howard Bahr
Adult Fiction BAHR

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In this sweeping, lyrical tale set in the aftermath of the Civil War, Bahr (The Black Flower) brilliantly depicts vanquished Southerners coming to terms with the ravages of war, while their Northern counterparts go about the grueling and often thankless task of making the country whole again. Shamed by his girlfriend, Morgan Rhea, and her father into signing up with the Confederate army, former Cumberland, Miss., English teacher Gawain Harper is on his way back to the civilian life he abruptly left three years before. Taking up with another returning soldier, Harry Stribling, an enigmatic fellow Southerner who fancies himself a philosopher, 40-year-old Gawain confronts the dispiriting realities of change. The countryside is different, but so are the people, and the horrors of war have altered Gawain as well. Bahr ingeniously explores the many facets of killing: hand-to-hand combat; killing for vengeance; killing for hire; killing in self-defense or out of loyalty to a cause. Most troubling of all is the kind of killing fueled by a perverse righteousness and a lust for power--the kind practiced by renegade Southern leader Solomon Gault, a wealthy smuggler and a force to be reckoned with in Cumberland. Among his other evil deeds, Gault killed Morgan's sister Lily during the war, and so Gawain is drawn against his will into yet another battle, this time on his home turf. It is Gault's final skirmish that brings Southerners and Northerners together, culminating in a confrontation that will haunt Gawain and his loved ones forever. Bahr has crafted an unforgettably powerful and original Civil War story in this incisive account of one man's search for redemption from the sins of fratricidal conflict. 13-city author tour. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

While there may never be another Cold Mountain, Bahr's novel is as close as we're likely to get under current copyright law. It has many of the appealing elements of the earlier book: the Confederate soldier returning home in defeat, the wild adventures, the strong women, and the colorful secondary characters. Pressured into enlisting by the father of his sweetheart, Morgan Rhea, Gawain Harper limps home years later to find his Mississippi hometown occupied by union soldiers yet ravaged by the vigilante violence of "King Solomon" Gault. Harper seeks justice, aided by Harry Stribling, who has an uncanny knack for doing the right thing, and even Old Hundred and Eleven, named for the pattern of tobacco juice stains on his chin. Bahr, who was the curator at William Faulkner's home and museum for many years, also owes a clear debt to Faulkner, both in his prose style and preoccupation with abstract concepts. Narrated by Tom Stechschulte, this Civil War tale is highly recommended. John Hiett, Iowa City P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Gawain Harper
Age: 40
Civil War veteran

Morgan Rhea
Gawain's sweetheart.

Solomon Gault
White supremacist; manipulative.

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