Fleurieu Living Magazine

Winter Book Reviews

A Shout in the Ruins

by Kevin Powers

Published by Sceptre

ISBN 9781473667785


Fresh from his award-winning debut with The Yellow Birds, Kevin Powers continues to explore humans at war and how they endure its aftermath – this time in civil war Virginia. Centering on the conflict itself, and upon the race-based slavery which was its pretext, Powers intertwines characters and their narratives over two generations, rendering this part of his homeland’s history as one of a grasping, abusive and violent power struggle. The stories he weaves demonstrate all of life’s vagaries; that survival and circumstances may be the result of random, dispassionate fates meted out when societal rules are

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