Neverhome: A Novel

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The award-winning, "astonishing" (Paula McClain), and "beautiful" (Paul Auster) story of a woman who disguised herself as a man to fight for the Union Army during the Civil War.
  • A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice
  • 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.

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About the author

Laird Hunt is the author of several works of fiction and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, a two-time finalist for the PEN Center USA Award in Fiction, and the winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award. 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.
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Publisher
Little, Brown
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Published on
Sep 9, 2014
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Pages
256
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ISBN
9780316370127
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Cultural Heritage
Fiction / Historical / General
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / War & Military
Fiction / Women
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