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White Doves at Morning : A Novel Of The Civil War - James Lee Burke

White Doves at Morning

A Novel Of The Civil War


Published: 6th November 2003
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Set mainly in Louisiana during the years 1861-1868, this passionate novel of men, women and war tells the story of the author's ancestor, Confederate soldier Willie Burke, during the American Civil War. A classic Burke hero, Willie is soon in conflict with his superiors.

The characters who people these pages, many of them based on real historical figures, are as memorable as any Burke has created.

Mulatto, Flower Jamison, victim of terrible abuse who is determined to better herself; Abigail Dowling, whose Unionist sympathies put her in constant danger; Colonel Ira Jamison, rotten to his core yet who would rise from a cesspit smelling of roses...

About the Author

James Lee Burke is the author of many previous novels, including twelve featuring Detective Dave Robicheaux. He lives with his wife, Pearl, in Missoula, Montana and New Iberia, Louisiana.


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      James Lee Burke is known as one of America's premier crime novelists, but here he successfully turns his hand to a tale set during the American Civil War in the southern state of Louisiana. That long and costly war itself however is never made the focus of this tale - this is not a blood and guts adventure story but a thoughtful exploration of the chaos and misery that war creates. The characters are colourful, interesting and well-written, chief among them the rebel soldier and eternal jester Willie Burke, who is based on an ancestor of the author, the shockingly brutal slave master Rufus Atkins and the abused but determined slave girl Flower. The illegitimate daughter of a callous plantation owner, Flower fights to improve her life with the help of abolitionist Abigail Dowling and Willie, who teaches her to read. Emancipation gives her freedom in the technical sense, but the hatreds that run through Southern society have yet to be vanquished, and the spread of peace and justice is agonisingly slow. Burke keeps the reader's attention by focusing on plot and character development yet keeping the story just on the edges of the great battles and events of the time. This is a simple yet finely crafted story about the cost of war and slavery soaked in the atmosphere of the period. (Kirkus UK)

      James Lee Burke

      James Lee Burke was born in Houston, Texas, in 1936 and grew up on the Texas-Louisiana gulf coast. He attended Southwestern Louisiana Institute and later received a B. A. Degree in English and an M. A. from the University of Missouri in 1958 and 1960 respectively. Over the years he worked as a landman for Sinclair Oil Company, pipeliner, land surveyor, newspaper reporter, college English professor, social worker on Skid Row in Los Angeles, clerk for the Louisiana Employment Service, and instructor in the U. S. Job Corps.

      He and his wife Pearl met in graduate school and have been married 48 years, they have four children: Jim Jr., an assistant U.S. Attorney; Andree, a school psychologist; Pamala, a T. V. ad producer; and Alafair, a law professor and novelist who has 4 novels out with Henry Holt publishing.

      Burke's work has been awarded an Edgar twice for Best Crime Novel of the Year. He has also been a recipient of a Breadloaf and Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA grant. Two of his novels, Heaven's Prisoners and Two For Texas, have been made into motion pictures. His short stories have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, New Stories from the South, Best American Short Stories, Antioch Review, Southern Review, and The Kenyon Review. His novel The Lost Get-Back Boogie was rejected 111 times over a period of nine years, and upon publication by Louisiana State University press was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

      Today he and his wife live in Missoula, Montana, and New Iberia, Louisiana.

      Visit James Lee Burke's Booktopia Author Page

      ISBN: 9780752842752
      ISBN-10: 0752842757
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 344
      Published: 6th November 2003
      Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
      Country of Publication: GB
      Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 2.0
      Weight (kg): 0.245
      Edition Number: 1