A Catholic prelate friend who once taught "The Novel" has been reading my books. His point of view is of necessity different from that of the rest of us…
He says that one of my "unforgivable" sins in these books is that I have detached "faith and flag" from each other in a way that has become incomprehensible for many since the second world war.
In other words, my books are predicated on the idea that people on both sides of that war were good or bad depending on their actions rather than their adherence to one side or the other.
As soon as he said that to me I recognized the truth of his statement. I often meet people who when exposed to my books say to me, "but, Lee was a traitor." My usual response is, "a traitor to what?" They look baffled, but mny question is intended to elicit an answer as to what Lee's position should have been. pl