By Laird Hunt

A unprecedented novel a couple of spouse who disguises herself as a guy and is going off to struggle within the Civil War.

She calls herself Ash, yet that's no longer her genuine identify. She is a farmer's devoted spouse, yet she has left her husband to don the uniform of a Union soldier within the Civil battle. Neverhome tells the harrowing tale of Ash Thompson through the conflict for the South. via bloodshed and hysteria and heartbreak, she turns into a hero, a folks legend, a madwoman and a traitor to the yankee cause.

Laird Hunt's outstanding new novel throws a gentle at the adventurous ladies who selected to struggle rather than remain at the back of. it's also a secret tale: why did Ash depart and her husband remain? Why can she no longer go back? what's going to she need to battle through to make it again home?

In wonderful prose, Hunt's rebellious younger heroine fights her approach via background, and again domestic to her husband, and eventually into our hearts.

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Sees Her was still prancy and whickery, smelling abolition or blood or smoke, or whatever it was that agitated him. The steep and usually sleepy streets of Harper’s Ferry were filled, and every­body seemed confused. Stranded train passengers were wander­ing around with slaves dragging their luggage behind them. I got off the wagon once, just to stretch, and a man with a Carolina accent tried to hand me his carpetbag to carry; after that I stayed glued to the wagon seat. Those Deep South types thought every black face belonged to them.

White folks made much of Brown, though I had never heard his name, nor had any of the slaves until that day, when he became more famous among us than Moses at one stroke, and not as “Kansas” or “Osawatomie” Brown but as Shenandoah Brown. The railroad man told how the hotel had been torched and in the confusion Brown and his men had retreated across the Shenandoah into the Loudon Heights, which is what we called the Blue Ridge there. They had fast-firing breech-loading Sharps rifles. Once in the laurel thickets, who would follow them?

Most black people had moved south to the new nation after Independence in 1865; but many, like Leon’s ancestors, had not. Yasmin had been to Virginia many times, but usually as Leon’s wife (and then as his widow), always at the other end of the Valley near Staunton. She had never really known the Shenandoah, flowing northward like the Nile, where her own great-granddad had been born. He had left as a boy and she had no relatives living here now, as far as she knew. , and Yasmin remem­bered only the filthy bathrooms and twisted faces of a country at war with itself.

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