Prisoners of War
The central story transpires during World War II on the farmlands of Mississippi, where German prisoners of war work the fields for small rewards. While some young men of the local community are fighting overseas, those at home battle racial inequality, economic stress, and wartime fears. Intrigue is established on the first page with descriptions of the “rolling stores,” recycled school buses stocked primarily of snacks sold to farmhands. The story follows drivers Dan Timms and a young black man called L.C. Steve Yarbrough, the author of Visible Spirits, skillfully casts a sensitive glance into the lives of each group – African-Americans, Mississippi farmhands, and German soldiers – with members of each planning their respective escapes. Highly recommended.