First edition cover
|Publisher||Collins, England and Australia
Harper & Row (US)
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|LC Class||PZ4.K336 Co 1979 PR9619.3.K46|
|Followed by||The Cut-Rate Kingdom|
Confederates uses the United States Civil War as a setting for a more personal conflict between neighbors. In the midst of the war's climactic battle -- Antietam—another conflict is underway. Ephie Bumpass' husband Usaph and Ephie's lover Decatur Cate are thrown together to fight in the Shenandoah Volunteers. Cate's emasculating injury in the battle is a symbolic punishment for his sin.
Awards and nominations
- "The Sites of War in the Fiction of Thomas Keneally" by Peter Pierce, Australian Literary Studies vol.12 no.4 October 1986 (pp. 442–452)
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