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Prisoners of War

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  68 ratings  ·  11 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 8th 2005 by Vintage (first published 2004)
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I read this book after finishing the author's most recent novel, "The Realm of Last Chances", It was fascinating to read two
such different stories written by the same author.

I was completely tranported to 1943 Loring, Mississippi, the setting for "Prisoners of War". I could picture the snack bar where you
could order a hamburger and a shake (this town just beginning to get one other eating establishment),the "rolling stores" which Uncle Alvin filled with illegally procured goods for sale and so
Loring, Mississippi hides family secrets, uses German Prisoners of War to pick cotton, prepares boys to become men at war and forces others to make sense of it all within the human shells they’ve been provided. Steve Yarbrough’s Prisoners of War transports readers back to a small southern town unveiling all its skeletons and confronting an array of social issues related to the 1940s. This story discovers a town full of inhabitants, beyond the war prisoners, who are prisoners of themselves.

Jonathan Briggs
World War II veteran Marty Stark returns home to a Mississippi community that's discovered an abundant source of cheap labor to help harvest its cotton crop: German POWs. Marty, still reeling from his experiences overseas, is assigned to guard these work crews, which include a prisoner who's not what he seems. Dan Timms, disregarding the profound changes in his best friend Marty, can't wait to sign up and go to war to get away from his drunken mother, his profiteering uncle and the memory of his ...more
Steve Yarbrough is a fantastic writer.

My error was to listen to this book rather than read the print version. I did NOT enjoy the narrator and it was distracting. I also pushed my own limits of multi-reading by reading TWO Steve Yarbrough's at the same time. One print and this one in audible. His books typically have a cast of many characters and jump around frequently. I love that about them. He does it well. But doing it double time wasn't wise. I am oh-so-excited to meet the author in 10 days
Carl Brush
Told that Steve Yarbrough’s Prisoners of War is a World War II novel, you might think you’d open the book and find yourself in Germany or Italy. Instead, you’re in Mississippi. The American War Department did set up some POW camps here and used the prisoners as laborers, in this case, cotton pickers. These Aryan enemies of America were often afforded privileges unavailable to black fighting men. Our soldiers had to watch the men they’d been recently paid to shoot ride on trains, eat in restaura ...more
I really liked the perspective that the author took with this book. It was interesting to see how people left behind during the war were equally as messed up as those that went away. I felt like a lot was left unsaid at the end, which is why I gave it 4 stars. Maybe the point is to fill in the blanks on your own but I wanted things to wrap up. I really like Steve Yarbrough as an author and look forward to reading more of his novels.
I love Steve Yarbrough's writing, but this story didn't grab me as much as the others of his have. This book looks at the tolls of war in unexpected ways and explores the racial divide in this country in the 1940's. Probably 3.5 stars for me.
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Ruth Vanderhart

Yarbrough's novel speaks powerfully on the evils of war and racism. I can't say I liked it--because it was often a difficult read. But his writing is so well-crafted that I'll definitely read his other novels.
Lana Hasper
I really enjoy this author. He uses his beautiful style of prose to develop his complex characters rather than describe action scenes.
a beautiful and multi-layered novel about war and the effects on those involved.
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Born in Indianola, Mississippi, he received his B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of Mississippi and his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas. Writing largely within the Southern tradition, he draws his themes and characters from Southern history and mores in ways that have been compared to Flannery O'Connor, William Faulkner, and Willie Morris.

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