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By Laird Hunt

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Inaugural winner of the Grand Prix de l. a. Littérature Américaine

She calls herself Ash, yet that isn't 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 battle. NEVERHOME tells the harrowing tale of Ash Thompson throughout 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 staggering new novel throws a gentle at the adventurous girls who selected to struggle rather than remain in the back of. it's also a secret tale: why did Ash go away and her husband remain? Why can she no longer go back? what is going to she need to battle through to make it again home?

In stunning prose, Hunt's rebellious younger heroine fights her method via heritage, and again domestic to her husband, and eventually into our hearts.

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