Bette Greene is a well-established author who has won many awards for her novels. Summer of My German Soldier won ALA Notable Book along with New York Times Book of the Year (1973) and National Book Award Finalist. Her work is described as "courageous and compelling" by Publishers Weekly. She is known for her ability to evoke deep emotion through her writing style. It is one of the most banned or challenged books of 2000-2009 according to the American Library Association, coming in at number 55. The mockumentary C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America, which details an alternate history wherein the Confederacy won the Civil War, refers to an in-universe novel called "Summer of My Union Soldier," which is described as echoing romanticism in the literature dealing with the American North and South.
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