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silent shore of memory coverThe Silent Shore of Memory, a novel

by John C. Kerr

240 pages, 6 x 9 • Paper $22.95
ISBN 978-0-87565-619-9


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The Silent Shore of Memory chronicles the life of James Barnhill from his days as a young Confederate soldier through the trials of Reconstruction in his native Texas and his later career and as a lawyer and judge.

After being critically wounded at Gettysburg and a long recuperation in North Carolina, James Barnhill returns to Texas where he battles widespread corruption and vigilante violence during the turmoil of Reconstruction. Although he endures tragedy in his personal life, Barnhill becomes a respected lawyer who defends an African American man accused of rape and represents a titan of the Texas lumber industry in a precedent-setting confrontation with a railroad monopoly controlled by Wall Street financiers.

Steeped in the history of the South, The Silent Shore of Memory explores the nuances of views on slavery and the dissolution of the Union, the complexity of race relations and race politics during the thirty years following the Civil War, and the powerful bonds of familial love and friendship.


JOHN KERR is a native of Houston, Texas, and currently lives with his wife Susan in San Antonio. He is a graduate of Stanford University, where he studied history, literature, and poetry, and of the University of Texas Law School. The Silent Shore of Memory is his fifth published novel. His previously published novels, which are available in the US, the UK, and British Commonwealth countries, are Cardigan Bay, A Rose in No Man’s Land, Fell the Angels, and Hurricane Hole.  In addition, he co-authored with his late father Only a Khaki Shirt, A Memoir of the Pacific War.