Counterpoint LLC, 9781582434148, 325pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 2008
Fall '08/Winter '09 Reading Group List
— Russ Lawrence, Chapter One Book Store, Hamilton, MT
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As fictional characters go, few embody such striking contradictions as cardsharp Elias Abrams: Jewish by birth, he joins the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Indeed, the question of duality runs deep through this novel not only is Elias a Jew defending the right to oppress a people, but after he helps to commit a horrific crime, he finds himself unexpectedly overtaken by the power of love. Exploring themes of literature, redemption, atonement, and love, this novel delivers a startling dose of moral ambiguity, keen insights into the human condition, and unexpected moments that devastate with their casual simplicity.