Review by Long Island Press
A Civil War novel narrated by Long Island poet Walt Whitman, Two Brothers tells the story of the war from an almost impossibly real point of view. Remarkably researched, Jones paints an eerily accurate portrait that spans four years in the midst of America’s costliest and most commemorated war. Whitman, written in as a character, finds himself at the hospital bedside of William Prentiss, a Rebel soldier, just as war has ended. Prentiss’ brother, Clifton, a Union officer, is injured and staying in another ward of the same hospital, and Whitman becomes the sole link between the two, and the rest of their family as well. The reader is taken from Medfield Academy in Baltimore, where the Prentiss family lives, to the battlefields where North and South collide.