This ambitious novel, set partly during the battle of Antietam, one of the bloodiest of the Civil War, and partly in British Columbia two decades later, tells the story of a Union Army surgeon who enables a mysterious man, out of gratitude for his assistance on the battlefield, to flee his pursuers. Twenty years later and two thousand miles away, the surgeon discovers that the man has vanished, perhaps the victim of foul play; in trying to find out what happened to him, the surgeon discovers that his own past might provide the key to the mystery. Elegantly written, with characterizations and setting descriptions that paint vivid pictures in the mind, and battlefield depictions that rival those of The Red Badge of Courage for their haunting realism, this mix of historical novel and mystery should be recommended to all readers of Civil War fiction. --David Pitt
About the Author
Tim Bowling is the author of ten collections of poetry, four novels, and two works of non-fiction. His most recent books are the poetry collections Tenderman and The Annotated Bee & Me, and the non-fiction titles In the Suicide s Library: A Book Lover s Journey and The Lost Coast: Salmon, Memory and the Death of Wild Culture. A native of the West Coast who now lives in Edmonton, Tim has received many honours for his writing, including a Canadian Authors Association Award, two Governor General s Award nominations, a fellowship for his entire body of work in prose and poetry from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and four Alberta Book Awards.