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"This is powerful medicine, concentrated emotion. I finished it in one long draught, thinking as I read of Crane, Hemingway, Mailer, and Faulkner.....but realizing at the end that it was altogether original." - Ernest B. Furgurson, author of Ashes of Glory. "Bahr makes an impressive debut with a haughting tale of a brief but bloody encounter on the road to Nashville, which helped put paid to the Confederate cause in the latter stages of America's Civil War." - Kirkus Reviews At twenty-six, Bushrod Carter is already an old soldier, a veteran of all his regiment's campaigns since Shiloh. Now, on an Indian summer afternoon in 1864, Bushrod finds himself in line of battle once again, on the plain below the village of Franklin, Tennessee. The dark flower of his destiny is opening in the twilight, just as it has on other fields, and Bushrod must pass once again under its shadow if he is to see tomorrow.
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Howard Bahr compresses this moving Civil War novel into 48 hours--two short days filled with grim deaths and the prelude, at least, to a love story. First issued by a small Baltimore press in 1997,The Black Flower was nominated for four major awards, including one from the Academy of Arts and Letters, but failed to garner the attention paid to Cold Mountain. Civil War buffs will rejoice in Bahr's vivid retelling of the November 1864 Battle of Franklin, Tennessee. More to the point, The Black Flower transcends its historical fiction niche and deserves a wider audience. Confederate rifleman Bushrod Carter, the novel's protagonist, is wounded during the battle and taken to a nearby house. In this makeshift hospital, he and two childhood friends huddle together, "shivering with cold and exhaustion, ignoring the ghostly shapes still shuffling through the coiling smoke around them, calling the names of men who would never answer." Bahr has poured 20 years of research into his novel, but this haunting portrayal of suffering and death is the product not merely of historical diligence but also an impressive literary imagination. --Eugenia TrinkleAbout the Author:
Howard Bahr, a writer from Oxford, Mississippi, teached English at Motlow State Community College in Tullahoma, Tennessee.
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Book Description Niagara. Hardcover. Condition: VERY GOOD. Light rubbing wear to cover, spine and page edges. Very minimal writing or notations in margins not affecting the text. Possible clean ex-library copy, with their stickers and or stamp(s). Seller Inventory # 2693053082
Book Description Niagara, 1997. Condition: Good. Lrg. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP95814603
Book Description Niagara, 1997. Condition: Good. Lrg. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP9797173
Book Description Ulverscroft Large Print Books. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Book has appearance of only minimal use. All pages are undamaged with no significant creases or tears. Seller Inventory # G0708958826I4N10
Book Description Ulverscroft Large Print, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0708958826
Book Description Ulverscroft, Many, 1997. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Cover Art (illustrator). Book Club (BCE/BOMC) - Large Print. X-Library with normal flaws.LARGE PRINT.The hard cover and the jacket has very light shelf wear . Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hard Back. Seller Inventory # WA 03096
Book Description The Nautical & Aviation Publishing Company of America., Baltimore, Maryland, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. 1st Edition. Rare, First Edition/First Printing. Hardcover in unclipped dustjacket. 266 pages.The true first printing and first state dustjacket. Small first printing of only 3,000 copies. With red, gold, and pink back panel with stars. No price on dj flap. Following blurbs: Book-of-the-Month Club Alternate Selection (June, 1997), Alternate Selection of the Quality Paperback Club (December, 1997) Nominated for the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction. No quote from Southern Living, that appeared on later state dustjackets. Red boards with gold lettering. In clear protective cover. As new. Unread. From my smoke-free collection. Ships in well-padded box. Seller Inventory # 58