Muro's father, believing that the Disagreement will pass, sends his son instead to Charlottesville. Jefferson's 40-year-old University of Virginia has become a haven of rogues and dilettantes, among them Muro's roommate, Braxton Baucom III, a planter's son who attempts to strike a resemblance to General "Stonewall" Jackson. Though the pair toasts lightheartedly "To our studies!" with a local corn whiskey known as "The Bumbler", the war effort soon exerts a sobering influence. Medical students like Muro are pressed into service at the Charlottesville General Hospital, where the inexperienced Dr. Muro saves the life of a Northern lieutenant, earning the scorn of his peers.
As the war progresses, Muro takes up yet another cause - winning the affections of the beguiling Miss Lorrie Wigfall. Here, too, Muro faces a cunning adversary. Just as the fighting is closing in, Muro is forced to make a choice that will shape the rest of his life.
©2008 Nick Taylor; (P)2008 Tantor
"A dazzling debut novel....Nick Taylor arrives on the literary scene like a cross between Stephen Crane and F. Scott Fitzgerald - with the sensibility of Charles Frazier. Seductive, authentic, and unforgettable, The Disagreement is an instant classic." (Ian Caldwell, author of Rule of Four)
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