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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (999 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Lee Burke Narrator: Ed Sala, Will Patton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Violent, lyrical, and engrossing…The man has a touch of the poet in him.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “[A] Civil War blockbuster…Extraordinary.”


  • “Burke has created a cast of strong…characters; readers will warm to outspoken, irrepressible Willie as much as they deplore the evil Atkins…This moving morality play shows a different dimension of this gifted writer.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Starkly conveys the desperation felt by those who have no power or voice and vividly creates a sense of place and character. This novel parallels Paulette Jiles’ successful Enemy Women in its literary quality and use of family stories for background.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sue | 2/16/2014

    " James Lee Burke is a well known Louisiana author because of his crime novels This book is different. White Doves at Morning is the story of the Civil War and Reconstruction in New Iberia, Louisiana. It's realism makes this book different than other Civil War novels I have read. I loved the characters, and found myself cheering and booing as I read. Some of the scenes are violent and gut-wrenching, but that is Burke's style. He also fills this book with characters who are struggling to do the right thing, when doing the right thing puts them in danger. I loved this book, especially the writing style and the characters. I would recommend this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jenny | 2/14/2014

    " Good book not real detailed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nancy | 2/11/2014

    " Great characters, ended too abruptly (I wanted more!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kathleen | 2/6/2014

    " I love this author and his stories. They reflect his knowledge of history, literature, human nature and the Bible. "

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