A Brother's Blood: A Novel

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HarperCollins Publishers, 1996 - Fiction - 323 pages
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This extraordinarily engrossing literary mystery exposes a little-known chapter of 20th century history -- the detention in the U.S. of nearly 400,000 German prisoners of war during World War II.

The landscape of rural Maine provided a surreal sort of shelter for these most reviled casualties during the war. While many prisoners served their time peacefully enough, some escaped and others -- like the brother of Wolfgang Kallick -- were simply reported to have died.

"A Brother's Blood" commences decades after the war, with Wolfgang Kallick's arrival in America to learn the details of his brother Dieter's death. When he discovers that Dieter escaped from the camp and was found dead months later, he vows to find out how his brother died. Libby, a flinty local woman who grew up during the war, is drawn into the drama, only to find that her family is implicated. After her brother is slain, Libby undertakes her own quest for solutions to both deaths -- suspecting they are somehow related -- and exposes a darkness beyond her imagining.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An earnest first novel from anthologist/storyteller White (American Fiction: The Best Unpublished Stories by Emerging Writers, Vols. I-IV) that's rooted firmly in the frontier between mystery and ... Read full review

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Compelling mystery, with an unlikely narrator, set (as are the best) in the human heart. Read full review


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Michael C. White is a professor of English, as well as, the founder and director of the low-residency MFA Creative Writing Program at Fairfield University. He is the founding editor of the annual fiction anthology American Fiction, as well as Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose. In addition to a collection of shorts stories, entitled Marked Men, White has written numerous novels. They include: The Garden of Martyrs, A Brother's Blood, Beautiful Assassin, Soul Catcher, A Dream of Wolves and The Blind Side of the Heart.

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