Nick Taylor

Father Junípero's Confessor

By the author of The Disagreement.

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The Disagreement: A Novel
(Simon & Schuster, 2008) 

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Winner of the 2009 Michael Shaara Prize for Excellence in Civil War Fiction

“...Here is a story about our soul-destroying fratricidal war that uses the narrowest of prisms to offer a wider vision. A genuine accomplishment.”    --Beverly Swerling

“At its best, historical fiction reveals the truth or reality of the past. Nick Taylor has achieved this in his very fine book. Taylor has chosen to see the Civil War’s human wreckage through the eyes of a young Confederate surgeon at a hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia. The result is a compelling and moving novel.” -Jeffry D. Wert, Civil War historian

"Taylor’s major achievement lies in the creation of a believable narrator whose personality and tone read true to both the time period and his youth. Though comparisons to Charles Frazier’s Civil War novel Cold Mountain seem inescapable, The Disagreement holds its own—smaller in scope, but also more personal, closely following one man’s emotional and professional development in the midst of a war that offered him both possibilities and limitations. " -BookPage

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Father Junípero's Confessor: A Novel (Heyday, 2013) 

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Led by the zealous Fray Junípero Serra, missionaries Francisco Palóu and Juan Crespí vie for their master's fickle favor as a chain of missions creeps north up the fog-enshrouded coast of Alta California.