Prisoners of War by Steve Yarbrough

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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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About Steve Yarbrough

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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.From the Trade Paperback edition.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 306 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“If you were colored, would you die for this country?” Alvin asks the white head of the draft board.

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But Dan's friend Marty Stark shows him another side of war when he returns damaged and changed from the German theater and is reassigned to help guard the town's German POWs.

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In Prisoners of War, Steve Yarbrough takes us to Loring, a small Mississippi town conscripted to host German prisoners of war during World War II.

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Project MUSE

In Prisoners of War, Steve Yarbrough takes us to Loring, a small Mississippi town conscripted to host German prisoners of war during World War II.

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