When Kristin Stevens loses her administrative job in California' s university system, she and her husband, Cal, relocate to Massachusetts. Kristin takes a position at a smaller, less prestigious college outside Boston and promptly becomes entangled in its delicate, overheated politics. Cal, whose musical talent is nothing more than a consuming avocation, spends his days alone, fixing up their new home. And as they settle into their early fifties, the two seem to exist in separate spheres entirely.
This tightly constructed tale by PEN/Faulkner finalist Steve Yarbrough tells the story of a Mississippi history teacher who’s determined to unravel the truth about one tragic day in 1962. Even as he pursues an affair with a long-lost friend, he wonders if she could hold the missing piece to this racially charged puzzle.
Award-winning author Steve Yarbrough has garnered widespread critical acclaim for his rich, powerful novels of the South. Kirkus Reviews calls Prisoners of War “thoroughly impressive.” In 1943, as German prisoners work the plantations of Mississippi delta country, Dan Timms roves the area selling goods for his uncle. Dan’s partner is L.C., a young black man. In a land where men dream of escape, the true danger for L.C. is the very society surrounding him.