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Spanning the 20th century, the story of Roses takes place in a small East Texas town against the backdrop of the powerful timber and cotton industries, industries controlled by the scions of the town's founding families.
Leila Meacham is a writer and former teacher who lives in San Antonio, Texas.
Author Sharon Poppen Talks about her new book After The War Before the Peace.
After the War, Before the Peace
Follow four South Carolina brothers, post Civil War, attempting to avenge atrocities done
under the guise of war. The saga takes them on a journey to manhood, love and peace
with respectability. The story begins as Michael joins his older brothers. In a border
town, Michael meets Lita. Despite being sold by her father into a brothel, she guards her
body ferociously. She shocks everyone when she throws herself at Michael. Oldest
brother Jim works at balancing life on the run with a family living with his mother. A raid
unites them with Yankees who are trying to right the wrongs perpetrated on southerner
veterans. Youngest brother Danny loves Deborah, a hometown girl who is a born flirt,
anxious for adventure. Danny becomes her dupe in escaping their small town. The rogue
Yankee solder that raped their mother is found. Do they become revengers and commit a
murder? Surprisingly, it’s Danny’s logic that leads the brothers in their dilemma. Danny’s
daughter is born to a terrified wife who ignores her child. The birth plants seeds of
concern in Michael about Lita’s ability to bear children. Deborah, left alone for months at
a time, finds excitement with a gang of cattle rustlers. She is introduced to sexual
escapades she never dreamed existed, but finds she doesn’t want to live without. The
family is brought to Mexico while they petition for an amnesty for their lawless activities.
Having the entire family together acerbates Michael’s concerns. He worries about how
Lita’s culture and religion will be accepted in the United States. After the brothers risk a
trip to Washington, do they get their amnesty? Does Deborah abandon her family? Does
Michael throw away a legendary love? Read After the War, Before the Peace to find out.
Reader comments include “Has a Gone With the Wind flavor”, “Reminiscent of The
Thornbirds” and “Another Lonesome Dov