Peace

(Fiction; Knopf, 2008)


Peace is set during the winter of 1944 in the Italian countryside, devastated and awash with unrelenting rain and rumors of German retreat. We follow three American soldiers on a reconnaissance mission: Corporal Robert Marson, a man of faith older than his charges; Joyner, a high-strung bigot with a sailor’s mouth; and Asch, a skeptical Jew, baby faced and untested. All are witnesses, haunted by the murder of a prostitute at the hands of their sergeant.

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