With a premise that could easily go the way of tacky trash fiction--a woman disguised as a man fighting in the Civil War--Nevermore seemed like a potential misstep in my reading list, but fully delivers a compelling historical novel. Delving into such aspects as gender roles and historical revisionism through brief segments reminiscent of a journal, the novel is a quick read, although the use of rustic dialect in the text might throw some readers off. However, if you're up for an engrossing novel with great research (itself included in the back as a sort of further reading list), spend an afternoon with this title. — Mark M., Westonka Library
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Beautiful lyrical writing.
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.
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.'
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