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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Neverhome: A Novel

War novels are always interesting, and this one did not disappoint. This is Neverhome by Laird Hunt. 

She left home to fight in the Civil War--after all, someone had to represent the farm and goodness knows her husband wasn't fit for it. Her journey through the war for the South and back home changes her in ways she would never imagine. She changes lives as well, and when you hear "The Ballad of Gallant Ash," you will know her reputation lives on. Just don't call her Ash--it's not her real name.

This was a solidly beautiful novel with prose that read like classic literature of its time. No muss, no fuss--only straightforward and crystal clear honesty. There are no flowery descriptions or meandering stories; this is the tune of Ash and the hardships she endures for her country, for her pride, and for her own salvation. Ash is not just a loyal patriot; she is also running from herself. Life hurts, whether it's the 19th century or the 21st. Ash was not the first to run from her pain, and she certainly will not be the last. Slowly throughout this work you will find out who Ash really is, and your heart will break for her. Don't doubt her strength, though. It runs deeper than you can imagine.

Her final choices, though, will be the ones that drop your jaw. Her harrowing journey through the war and her ability to keep her secret was truly astounding and well worth losing yourself in, but it's the destination that will make you stop and reevaluate what you think you know. It's only when you reach this end point that you realize how complicated Ash really is, and how thankful you are that you took the time to get to know her. She is a deep woman.

Hard copy for purchase below.

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