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.
"Good but Not Flawless"
As a teenage girl, Ginny marries Linus Lancaster, her mother's second cousin, and moves to his Kentucky pig farm "ninety miles from nowhere." In the shadows of the lush Kentucky landscape, Ginny discovers the empty promises of Linus' "paradise" - a place where the charms of her husband fall away to reveal a troubled man and cruel slave owner. Ginny befriends the young slaves Cleome and Zinnia who work at the farm - until Linus' attentions turn to them, and she finds herself torn between her husband and only companions.
"Didn't seem well concluded..."
Dans la ferme de l'Indiana qui l'a vue grandir, Constance jouit enfin, auprès de son compagnon, d'un bonheur tranquille. Mais lorsque la guerre de Sécession éclate et que Bartholomew est appelé à rejoindre les rangs de l'armée de l'Union, c'est elle qui, travestie en homme, prend sans hésitation, sous le nom d'Ash Thompson, la place de cet époux que sa santé fragile rend inapte à une guerre qu'elle considère comme impensable de ne pas mener.
With the literary inventiveness of Paul Auster and the dark absurdity of Kafka, Laird Hunt’s impressive debut is a smart, funny noir that is as fittingly spare as a bare ceiling light. Deadpan delivery and a sly eye for detail characterize The Impossibly’s anonymous narrator, and when the nameless operative botches an assignment for the clandestine organization that employs him, everyone in his life—including his girlfriend—is revealed to be either true-blue, double operative, or both.
"Couldn't finish it. Could barely start."