During the Civil War, two young soldiers on opposite sides find themselves drawn together. One man, Ian, is a war-weary but scholarly Southerner who has seen too much bloodshed, especially the tortures inflicted upon the enemy by his vicious, sadistic commanding officer, his uncle. The other, Drew, is a Herculean Yankee captured by the ragtag Confederate band and forced to become a martyr for all the sins of General Sheridan's fires. When these two find themselves admiring more than one another's spirit and demeanor, when passions erupt between captor and captive, will this new romance survive the arduous trek to Purgatory Mountain? Lammy-winning author Jeff Mann's first full-length novel brings two opposed war heroes together in a page-turning historical drama of homomasculine love.
Jeff Mann grew up in Covington, Virginia, and Hinton, West Virginia, receiving degrees in English and forestry from West Virginia University. His poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in many publications. He has published three award-winning poetry chapbooks, three full-length books of poetry, two novels, two novellas, a book of poetry and memoir, and two volumes of short fiction. He teaches creative writing at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.
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