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"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 publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316370134
Branch Call Number: FICTION HUNT LAIRD
Characteristics: 246 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Never home


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ArapahoeStefeni Jul 25, 2018

I read good reviews about this book and I was intrigued by the topic and because the author is from Colorado and taught at the University of Denver. I think that all of us in book club were pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed this book!

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 of the natural world. The story is told in the first person in the spare beautiful language of rural 19th century America.

Jun 13, 2017

I read a review of this book and selected it for a book club. Everyone was surprised just how much they enjoyed this book. I also like that the author is from Colorado.

May 19, 2017

This is a wonderful read. From the old style of the prose to the story itself, it took me back to the civil war and let me experience its horrors in what felt like a realistic but not obsessive way. The glimpses of good characters and caring relationships during this conflagration made it bearable. I recommend this to anyone

Nov 08, 2016

Every bit as strong and valiant as the other Civil War soldiers in the regiment, Ash Thompson differs from them in one important manner: Ash is a woman. Whatever her reasons for serving while her husband remained home, she is here now, determined to prove herself and loyal to the cause.

This slim volume is a quick, thought-provoking read. Although Ash's inner dialog takes some getting used to when compared with contemporary speech, her voice feels authentic for the period and not necessarily overdone. 'Neverhome' would pair well with a nonfiction book about female Civil War soldiers; while it is estimated that more than 400 women fought in the Civil War disguised as men, we know the personal stories of only a few.

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.

Jul 11, 2016

Beautiful lyrical writing.

May 05, 2015

I really enjoyed this book, it was a fascinating view into the lives of folks who lived through this war. It was very interesting to see what a woman would go through should she pretend to be a man. A very good read.

Feb 07, 2015

Ash Thompson is the name Constance Thompson chooses for herself as she transforms into a man to join Union forces in the Civil War, holding her own as a shooter and wily comrade in some of the war's fiercest battles. When she's injured and finds her way home, the story takes on other themes from her past life.

I loved how Hunt told this story in well-rendered prose, but I was left with questions, including the meaning of 'Neverhome.'

LPL_KateG Dec 10, 2014

I really enjoyed reading about the Civil War from a nontraditional perspective - that of a woman who left her home (in the guise of a man) and husband in order to fight for the Union. Not the greatest writing, but the narrator's fierceness and bravery was refreshing, and I enjoyed some of the twists that the author took with the story.

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