Pat Barker won the Booker Prize for The Ghost Road, the final installment of a novel trilogy based on real-life soldiers in WWI (including poet Wilfred Owen). The narration is often dialogue heavy or based in journal entries, which means that there's not a lot of lush authorial description (and not always a clear linear movement from scene to scene), but the novel is graphic in its recounting of sexual encounters and of battle injury and death. When I first heard of Pat Barker, I read her most recent book, A Life Class, and was disappointed (kind of bored), but The Ghost Road is riveting.
Leatherby Libraries Call Number: PR6052.A6488 G48 1996
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Review submitted by: Anna Leahy, Associate Professor, English