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Neverhome An extraordinary novel about a wife who disguises herself as a man and goes off to fight in the Civil War She calls herself Ash but that s not her real name She is a farmer s faithful wife but she h

  • Title: Neverhome
  • Author: Laird Hunt
  • ISBN: 9780316370127
  • Page: 246
  • Format: ebook
  • An extraordinary novel about a wife who disguises herself as a man and goes off to fight in the Civil War.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 bloodAn extraordinary novel about a wife who disguises herself as a man and goes off to fight in the Civil War.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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    1. I call this quiet writing - simple language with phrases full of unbelievably clear descriptions. It’s a small book, telling a big and bold story of a woman impersonating a man so she can go to war. She is strong, her husband is not, so she went to fight for the Union. Ash is physically strong, digs ditches and graves and her eyesight is sharp so she kills squirrels, pigs, and men. Stronger in will and mind to do what she sets out to do, she endures, while missing her husband, her home, her la [...]

    2. Thank you to Little, Brown and Company for letting me read this book ahead of publication."Laird Hunt's new novel is a beguiling and evocative story about love and loss, duty and deceit. Through the assured voice of his narrator and the subtle beauty of his writing, Neverhome took me on a journey so thoroughly engrossed that there were times the pages seemed to turn themselves."Kevin Powers, author of The Yellow Birds"A spare, beautiful novel, so deeply about America and the language of America [...]

    3. Ghosts crowd thick in Laird Hunt’s Civil War novel, “Neverhome,” and they’re not just the shades of dead Blues and Grays. A host of literary allusions haunt this book, from “Cold Mountain” to “The Red Badge of Courage” and all the way back to Homer. But what’s most striking is Hunt’s effective reversal of the roles of brave warrior and patient homemaker. In this trim epic, Penelope marches into battle while Odysseus waits behind. Inspired by true tales of hundreds of women wh [...]

    4. Over four hundred women fought on both sides of the Civil War. This is a story about one of the woman, Constance, who leaves her husband to take care of their farm in Indiana and goes off to fight for the Union.In a short number of pages we follow Constance, who becomes Ash, as she hikes, hunts and forages for food, to the horrific and costly battle at Antietam,and through other trials and misfortunes. What is so amazing in this book is how detailed everything is, how wonderful the writing, how [...]

    5. Take Homer’s time-honored classic The Odyssey and give it a twist: what if Penelope were the warrior traveling home to Odysseus? In Laird Hunt’s brilliantly conceived novel, Constance Thompson – renamed Ash – disguises herself as a man and takes on the role of Union solider in the Civil War. (Of her husband, she says: “I was strong and he was not, so it was me went to war to defend the Republic.”)But is it as simple as that? Ash Thompson seems to be harboring some secrets. How much t [...]

    6. I received this eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion of the book. Ash Thompson is a soldier in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He fights alongside his fellow northerners and has quite a few interesting experiences, being kidnapped, sent to jail, and more. However, he has a secret: he's actually a woman. Yeah, Constance is her real name, and for some reason (seriously, some unknown reason the book never really explains, ugh) she has [...]

    7. Find this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentary.Laird Hunt’s Neverhome has received much acclaim and that is wonderful, but that said, I feel the time I spent on the book well and truly wasted. My apologies to fans of both the author and his work, but I found very little of this narrative appealed to my particular tastes. Personally, I found it very difficult to relate to Ash and had a hard time manufacturing empathy for her trials and circumstances. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t car [...]

    8. 2.5 starsI wish the title of this book for me would have been Neverread because it kills me to give it this rating. Although I had been looking forward to this book, I found that I couldn't get into it. The last 75 pages were pure torture and I felt like I was running in quick sand to get through them. The book was too focused on day to day, which made it extremely difficult for me. I wanted to know more about the psyche of Ash (Constance). Why did she (and almost 500 women) chose to fight? What [...]

    9. On the surface, Laird Hunt has written a touching tale about a woman’s love for her husband and the sacrifice she made for him. She went off to fight in the Civil War, leaving him, the weaker one, behind. Since Constance was more masculine in her demeanor and Bartholomew was more feminine, they reversed roles, and he remained at home to tend the farm. Constance Thompson became Ash Thompson and broke her husband’s heart when she left as an entirely different person.The “Ballad of Gallant As [...]

    10. I'm not sure if Laird Hunt's novel "Neverhome" is actually based on a true story, but it is well-documented that many women fought during the Civil War, disguising themselves as men. Such is the case with the protagonist of Hunt's novel, Constance Thompson, a wife of a farmer who feels the need to go off to war, while her husband, Bartholomew, stays at home because of a disability that makes him unable to fight. She dons the blue uniform, dubs herself Ash Thompson, and heads off to battle.Hunt's [...]

    11. Hunt’s sixth novel reveals the little-known history of women fighting in America’s Civil War. Ash Thompson travels from Indiana to Ohio to enlist for the Union. But here’s the rub: Ash is actually Constance, Bartholomew’s wife. Neverhome is Constance’s journey into battle and finally back home, by way of enemy territory, a makeshift prison, and even a lunatic asylum.Homer’s Odyssey may be the most obvious reference point here – indeed, one character makes the explicit connection, r [...]

    12. I've read a number of novels set during the civil war, but none like this one.This tale of a woman who donned a union uniform and participated in many campaigns brought this war, with its death and destruction, into clear focus; not at the level that history books recount, but at the personal, soul-altering level. The language used here helped to foster my immersion into the time and character. The pacing was not quick, so I doubt this will appeal to those looking for more action, but I feel it [...]

    13. This is no glamorous war story, with inspirational speeches and heroic battles, nor is it the story of a woman in disguise trying to hide herself. This is the story of Ash, a sharpshooter by skill (if not name), a soldier and fighter, who just happens to be a woman. This is about walking through forests of bodies and bones, about sickness and leeches from the swampy ground, and mass shallow graves and cannon-deafness, madness and emotional detachment, sadness and isolation, the ugliness of war b [...]

    14. Why have I not read Laird Hunt before this work? If his earlier writing is as wonderful as NEVERHOME, I have some catching up to do. I immediatley thought this work was the opposite of COLD MOUNTAIN after finishing the book. Ash wants to get INTO the war unlike Inman who struggled to get away from it. Ash's story is told with some of the most beautiful writing, What is compelling her? What will happen to her? Why? Why? Why? I kept reading, gladly being taken into her life by Hunt's beautifully p [...]

    15. Really surprised at the many 5 star ratings. I first was going to give it 1 simply because I finished it but reconsidered it's worth so gave it the 2. The first few chapters were promising but I felt it became just a bunch of independent storyline ideas thrown together to make a novel. I wanted to understand why Constance REALLY felt the need to go off to war. Perhaps if the book had been longer allowing for more detail and continuity it would have been more of what I expected. And don't even as [...]

    16. “I was strong and he was not, so it was me went to war to defend the Republic.” In less than twenty words, Laird Hunt opens Neverhome with a perfect image of his protagonist’s undeniable strength. With little more than a nod, Constance leaves behind her farm, name and husband to become Union soldier, Ash. Though the book is sprinkled with pensive moments spent reflecting the past with her mild-mannered husband Bartholomew, Ash is light years away from the dutiful wife or picture of feminin [...]

    17. Thank you Netgalley and Little, Brown and Company for a copy of the book. Neverhome is one epic story. It’s so strong and so emotional. This is also how our protagonist Ash is portrayed. Ash, who is really Constance, disguises herself as a man to fight in the Civil War as a Union soldier. She ends up fooling most of those in the war and those who guess her real guise find their way to being interesting niches in the story. Her husband is not as strong as she is in body and in mind and so she f [...]

    18. I was strong and he was not, so it was me went to war to defend the Republic.Constance Thompson leaves her tranquil farm and peaceful husband to become Ash Thompson, a sharpshooter with the Union Army. The story meanders through bloody battles, odd encounters with various people and dream sequences, and at times, it's hard to distinguish between what is "real" and what isn't. It's a retelling of The Odyssey, which I likely wouldn't have realized except for a fairly heavy-handed hint within the t [...]

    19. La he devorado, tremenda historia e increíble manera de contarla por parte de Laird Hunt, no será lo último que lea del autor, sin duda. La historia tiene muchísimo fondo, es de esas que se quedan dando vueltas en la cabeza, que no te abandonan al terminarlas. Cuanto más pienso en esta historia más me gusta: que gire en torno a dos temas tan diferentes, la guerra y el amor, lo crudo de muchas escenas, cómo cada vez se hace más atroz e insoportable el estar en el frente y quizás y por en [...]

    20. I received this book through netgalley in exchange for a honest review.This is a 'small' book, beautifully written. A book to take your time with, to read somewhere where no-one disturbs you. There's no action, no historical facts, almost no dialogue. It's just you, and Ash, and Ash telling you her story. She tells you about the two years she spent disguised as a man fighting in the civil war, and while she does this, you also learn about her past.If I had known before that there's no dialogue, [...]

    21. Although I enjoyed the author's writing style and real sense of place in this novel, I have mixed feelings about it overall.

    22. This review and others posted over at my blogI received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Blurb from NetGalley: 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. Through bloodshed and hysteria and heartbreak, she becomes a hero, a folk legend, a madwoman and a traitor to t [...]

    23. I received this book as an advanced reader's copy in exchange for an honest review.In a nutshell, I loved it. The pages seemed to turn themselves, and the writing was so quiet, the events just sort of snuck up on you. It's not a glamorous story by any means, and it's not a story that romanticizes war. It's a composite of many women's stories of choosing to be a soldier and a fighter in the Civil War. Not to be with their loved one, but rather to "soldier", no matter the ugliness, the cannon deaf [...]

    24. When my f2f book club selected this for the January read, I was less than thrilled even though I voted for it. The story of a woman who disguises herself as a man to fight in the Civil War was compelling. More compelling was the 288 page count during a busy time of the year.I enjoyed the book. It was told from the point of view of Ash Thompson, a woman who leaves her home in Indiana to fight for the Union while her husband stays home to take care of the farm. Ash has mixed reasons for joining th [...]

    25. DNFSo was looking forward to this Mulan re-telling but the writers atyleAnd bland characters and story were just bad.50 pages in and nothing of note has happened.

    26. I finished Neverhome last night and I am still thinking about the story. Part of me is considering picking it up and reading it again. This a a beautifully written lyrical tale of the Civil War, The Odyssey in reverse.Constance Thompson of Indiana changes her name to Ash Thompson of Ohio to fight for Union. The reason she gives for leaving her husband Bartholomew at home is he "is made of wool, I was made of wire." She even becomes a minor mythic character that inspires "The Ballad of Gallant As [...]

    27. Excellent story about a young married woman who makes the decision, with her husband, to disguise herself as a man and fight for the Union during the Civil War. Constance chooses to go because she is fearless, a better aim, and longs to see the world. Her husband, Bartholomew, stays behind to take care of the farm and because his vision is weak. Of the two, Constance is more likely to return. She is willing to fight hard, to stare death in the face, and vows she will never run from battle. Const [...]

    28. I requested this book on Netgalley for an unbiased review, which I am happy to provide. Laird Hunt is a consummate author; he creates scenes that are so evocative, so intricately complete that the reader can almost smell and hear the surroundings. And he creates this world through the eyes of a protagonist, Ash, the likes of which we have rarely met, if ever, in the context of the Civil War. Ash involves the reader intimately with her story and then, does not. What is not said becomes as interes [...]

    29. A fever dream of a narrative about a young woman who leaves her husband to fight in the Civil War. In the dual figure of Ash/Constance Laird Hunt has conjured a character with a unique and compelling voice and sets her on a mesmerizing journey. Be prepared for horrors and dreams, half-submerged secrets and mythic symbols as you follow Constances' journey. Her circuitous path to war and home echoes Odysseus' but rejects any hint that war is a source of glory. As you might expect in a novel that f [...]

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