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An Indie Next PickShe calls herself Ash, but that's not her real name. A farmer's faithful wife, she has left her husband to don the uniform of a Union soldier in the Civil War. Through bloodshed and hysteria and heartbreak, Ash Thompson becomes a hero, a folk legend, a madwoman and a traitor to the American cause. But 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?
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
Edition: Large Print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781410475381
Branch Call Number: Large Print HUN
Characteristics: 309 pages (large print) ;,23 cm.


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AL_ANNAL 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.

AL_PAMELAH 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.

Aug 10, 2014

This storyline had a lot of promise but I don't think the book reached its potential. There was a great sense of the brutality of the Civil war but the writing was a bit sterile for me and I could not warm up to this character.

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