Neverhome (Large Print / Hardcover)

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       Constance Thompson binds her breasts and dons men's clothing to become Ash, nicknamed Gallant Ash by her fellow Union soldiers, leaving her beloved husband behind to tend their Indiana farm. With spare, poetic, transcendent prose Laird Hunt portrays the horror of the Civil War and the fallout from the trauma experienced by soldiers, their families and the country at large. Ash is a fascinating and enigmatic character, keeping secrets from everyone she encounters and the reader enthralled as her shocking story unfolds. Nevermore will surely join the ranks of the brilliant novels not just of the Civil War but war writ large." ~Cathy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

— Cathy Langer in our lead buyer at Tattered Cover with three decades of experience.

September 2014 Indie Next List


“Leaving her beloved husband behind to tend their Indiana farm, Constance Thompson binds her breasts and dons men's clothing to become Ash, nicknamed 'Gallant Ash' by her fellow Union soldiers. With spare, poetic, transcendent prose, Hunt portrays the horror of the Civil War and the fallout from the trauma experienced by soldiers, their families, and the country at large. Ash is a fascinating and enigmatic character, keeping secrets from everyone she encounters and keeping the reader enthralled as her shocking story unfolds. Neverhome will surely join the ranks of the brilliant novels not just of the Civil War, but of war writ large.”
— Cathy Langer, Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, CO

Description


She calls herself Ash, but that's not her real name. She is a farmer's faithful wife, but she has left her husband to don the uniform of a Union soldier in the Civil War. NEVERHOME tells the harrowing story of Ash Thompson during the battle for the South. Through bloodshed and hysteria and heartbreak, she becomes a hero, a folk legend, a madwoman and a traitor to the American cause.
Laird Hunt's dazzling new novel throws a light on the adventurous women who chose to fight instead of stay behind. It is also a mystery story: why did Ash leave and her husband stay? Why can she not return? What will she have to go through to make it back home?
In gorgeous prose, Hunt's rebellious young heroine fights her way through history, and back home to her husband, and finally into our hearts.

About the Author


Laird Hunt is the author of several works of fiction and a two-time finalist for the PEN Center USA Award in Fiction. A former United Nations press officer currently on the faculty of the University of Denver's creative writing program, he and his wife, the poet Eleni Sikelianos, live in Boulder, Colorado, with their daughter, Eva Grace.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781410475381
ISBN-10: 1410475387
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Publication Date: February 11th, 2015
Pages: 520
Language: English