Staff TC-VIB (Very Impressive Book) Picks
Every now and then we encounter a new book that we’re so excited about we want to shout it from the rooftops, so we've created a special tag to distinguish it from the rest: TC VIB (very impressive book)! That means it’s a true stand-out in a season of many excellent and compelling new books.
Our latest selection is:
Neverhome by Laird Hunt
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.
Hunt is the author of several works of fiction and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, a two-time finalist for the PEN Center USA Award in Fiction, and the winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award. A former United Nations press officer currently on the faculty of the University of Denver's creative writing program.
Cathy Langer, our Lead Buyer, wrote this review:
"Constance Thompson binds her breasts and dons men's clothing to become Ash, nicknamed Gallant Ash by her fellow Union soldiers, leaving her beloved husband behind to tend their Indiana farm. With spare, poetic, transcendent prose Laird Hunt portrays the horror of the Civil War and the fallout from the trauma experienced by soldiers, their families and the country at large. Ash is a fascinating and enigmatic character, keeping secrets from everyone she encounters and the reader enthralled as her shocking story unfolds. Nevermore will surely join the ranks of the brilliant novels not just of the Civil War but war writ large." ~Cathy