Jane E. Harper was born in North Carolina, and grew up in Pennsylvania. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University, before teaching middle school, in Georgia, Utah and overseas. Later she moved to Alaska and pursued a careen in accounting. After retiring, she turned towards writing—the path she had longed to follow.

Jane’s perspective of the turbulent late 1960s is different from the typical impression of the era, such as the hippie subculture in San Francisco and the Woodstock Festival in New York. The setting is in Columbus, Georgia, near Fort Benning Army base, highlighting the struggles of soldiers training for war. Extensively researched, the novel delves into the era’s history with flashes of music, religion, and domestic abuse.