By Laird Hunt

A rare novel a few spouse who disguises herself as a guy and is going off to struggle within the Civil War.

She calls herself Ash, yet that's no longer her genuine identify. She is a farmer's devoted spouse, yet she has left her husband to don the uniform of a Union soldier within the Civil struggle. Neverhome tells the harrowing tale of Ash Thompson through the conflict for the South. via bloodshed and hysteria and heartbreak, she turns into a hero, a people legend, a madwoman and a traitor to the yank cause.

Laird Hunt's fantastic new novel throws a mild at the adventurous ladies who selected to struggle rather than remain at 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 plow through to make it again home?

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

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It was weathered brick with a rust-tiled roof, two rooms upstairs and two down. Father opened the green front door, looking bashful. ‘It’s not very grand, lass,’ he said. ’ It seemed a little cheerless too. The meagre furniture stood at rigid angles, the clock ticked on an empty mantelpiece, the rug was limp with many beatings. There was only one picture on the white-washed walls, a painting of the sea with a tall ship on the horizon. I wondered if Father stared at it every day and wished he was sailing back around the world.

She’d said it was called Monksby – or some such name. I hadn’t quizzed her because her tears spilled again when she talked of it. I knew her mother and father had turned her out when they discovered she was having a baby – they could not stand the shame. I cried too at the thought of poor Mama, destitute and sick, making the long journey to London to leave me at the Foundling Hospital. I fancied I heard her crying now, curled up beside me in the cold bed. ‘I’m here, Mama,’ I said, reaching out across the bare sheet and clasping thin air.

This girl was certainly bigger than me. She towered over me in fact, and she was sturdy too – but she was smiling at me in a friendly fashion. ‘Go on, show us,’ she said. ’ She spoke to me kindly but as if I were about five years old. ‘I have found something much more rare and valuable,’ I said, with a proud nod of my head. ’ I reluctantly proffered my fossil. She stared at it.  . lovely,’ she said. She looked as if she were trying not to laugh. ‘You don’t know what it is,’ I said. ‘It’s thousands and thousands of years old.

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