White Doves at Morning

  • by James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by Ed Sala
  • 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In a startling departure, James Lee Burke has written an epic story of love, hate, and survival set against the tumultuous background of the Civil War and Reconstruction.
At the center of the tale are James lee Burke's own ancestors, Robert Perry, who comes from the slave-owning family of wealth and privilege, and Willy Burke, born of Irish immigrants, a poor boy who is as irreverent as he is brave and decent. Despite personal and political conflicts, both men join the Confederate Army, determined not to back down in their commitment to their moral beliefs, to their friends, and to the abolitionist woman with whom both are infatuated.
Willie's friend, Flower Jamison, a beautiful young black slave is owned by - and fathered by, although he will not admit it - Ira Jamison. Owner of Angola Plantation, Ira Jamison returns after the war and transforms his plantation into a penal colony which houses prisoners he rents out as laborers to replace the emancipated slaves.
Against all local laws and customs, Willie teaches Flower how to read and write. She receives the help and protection of Abigail Dowling, the Massachusetts abolitionist who has attracted both Willie and Robert Perry's attention. These love affairs are fraught with danger and compromised by the great and grim events of the Civil War and its aftermath.
With unforgettable battle scenes at Shiloh and in the Shenandoah Valley, White Doves at Morning is an epic masterpiece of historical fiction.

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What the Critics Say

"[A] Civil War blockbuster....Extraordinary.The Washington Post Book World Violent, lyrical, and engrossing....The man has a touch of the poet in him." (People)

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Customer Reviews

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An honest portrait

This is a book written for lovers of civil war history and the harmony orchestrated by James Lee Burke in every novel he writes.
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- Gordon

James Lee Burke at his best

Would you consider the audio edition of White Doves at Morning to be better than the print version?

Even though my favorite narrator didn't narrate this book, I was able to get into this narrator as well. Burke's language flows so beautifully and the descriptions are beautiful mind pictures. The subject matter is harsh but truthful and depicts such a sad part of our history - a must read for any Burke fan!


What did you like best about this story?

Staying true to history


What about Ed Sala’s performance did you like?

he is easy to listen to - articulates beautifully and keeps the momentum


Who was the most memorable character of White Doves at Morning and why?

Willie - he is a Burke


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- Sylvia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-17-2012
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio