Neverhome by Laird Hunt

By Laird Hunt

A rare 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 now not her genuine identify. She is a farmer's trustworthy spouse, yet she has left her husband to don the uniform of a Union soldier within the Civil conflict. 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 superb new novel throws a mild 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 at last into our hearts.

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