Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

The Year of Jubilo

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

The Year of Jubilo

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The Year of Jubilo, by Howard Bahr.

Howard Bahr's second novel, The Year of Jubilo, tells the story of a Confederate soldier in what was supposed to be the "jubilant" year at the close of the Civil War. It becomes obvious very early in the story that 1865 was not such a jubilant time for the people of Cumberland, Mississippi, where the action takes place. The story centers on Gawain Harper, a schoolteacher who had been shamed into joining the Confederate forces by Judge Nathaniel Rhea, the father of the woman he loved. Upon returning to his hometown of Cumberland at the close of the war, Harper hopes to reestablish his prewar life with as little change as possible, including resumption of his relationship with Morgan Rhea. It does not take long, however, for both Morgan and Gawain to question whether or not they are the same people who said goodbye as he boarded the train to serve the South. …

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