NeverhomeBook - 2014
Inaugural winner of the Grand Prix de la Littérature Américaine
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.
From Library Staff
ArapahoeAnnaL Mar 05, 2018
Remarkably drawn character, plot, time, and place - the invincible Constance Ash attempting to escape unbearable grief by dressing as a man and joining the Union Army, the horrors she endures in the war and as she journeys home, the sights/smells/sounds of the war and of the otherworldly beauty ... Read More »
Ash Thompson leaves her husband to become a Union soldier in the Civil War.
ArapahoePamelaH Aug 16, 2016
Almost as good as I Shall be Near to You - both tell the story of women who pretend to be men in order to serve in the Civil War. Lush and compelling; the lives of women soldiers has changed a lot.