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The Trench Garden (Kindle Single) (Ploughshares Solos Book 25) by [Fiore, L. C.]
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  • File Size: 978 KB
  • Print Length: 35 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ploughshares / Emerson College (January 7, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 7, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HS3ZUYI
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By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on January 21, 2014
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The story is set in Tennessee in 1943. While the war rages on half a world away, two college undergraduates - Benjamin Mason and Steven Darby - have taken a job described as "Beautification and Restoration." The job actually involves clearing a huge area along a stream and turning it into a botanical garden for the college they're attending. Supervised by English professor and poet W.T. Harlan, and assisted by Torben, a German POW, the four men face the monumental task of clearing many acres of the infamous kudzu and planting flowers in the sweltering heat of a Deep South summer.

Benjamin Mason's desire is to be a poet, a calling that his wealthy attorney father opposes. Steven Darby's family is dirt-poor, and he's working only to make money for school. His dream is to travel all over the world after the war. The story reveals much of their character through their nightly conversations and their thoughts. A climactic event involving a poem that Darby is trying to write brings things to a head and puts the German at risk of his life.

It's an interesting slice of life story about a couple of months in the lives of four people with very different backgrounds and histories. The story succeeded in making me curious about the characters' futures. Did Mason and Darby finish school, or did they get drafted and sent to fight? What happened to Professor Harlan in both his shaky personal life and his professional career? And was the German Torben repatriated after the war, and did his family survive?
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It's 1943 and the war raging in Europe and the Pacific seems an unreal event to the summer residents of a rural Tennessee mountaintop -- at least until they're joined by a German POW and his silent but ever present MP guard. The presence of Torben the prisoner provides an added dimension to the story of two undergrads, each of whom took the summer job for very different reasons. Mason, the spoiled rich kid with aspirations of being a poet, arrived with a trunk full of classics and every intention of impressing the professor running the project. Darby, the poverty stricken student just wants to make enough to pay for the next year’s schooling, unaware at first that he possesses the talent that Mason covets. When Darby succeeds, almost accidentally, in impressing Harlan, the brilliant but alcoholic poetry professor supervising the project, conflict between the two boys is inevitable and played out against a background of their different views of the war and treatment of the German POW.

The story plays out beautifully under Fiore’s deft hand. His character development is skillful, and dialogue a treat. His characters silences speak as loudly as their words.

Recommended. Highly.
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This story is a thoughtful look at some things that happened in WW2 here in the U.S. Incredibly some in Tennessee. Really solid characters and dialogue.
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Fiore has written a visual short story about human relationships in a difficult period, during WWII. It was an enjoyable read. Kay Murdy
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This tale is beautifully told. My only regret is that it's a short story. I'd like to stay with the two main characters for a whole novel.
Fingers crossed.
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