Author: Laird Hunt
Published: September 9, 2014 by Little Brown Books
Synopsis: 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.
**** I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher at BEA and via Netgalley for an honest review in return. This fact has not changed my opinion. ****
When I started reading Neverhome I wasn't entirely sure if I was enjoying it. The synopsis is absolutely right when it mentions the gorgeous prose of this story. The book is beautifully written and I really enjoyed it. But when the book started winding down I found myself emotionally invested in the conclusion of the story and wishing that it wouldn't end. The ultimate theme with this book is that appearances can be deceiving.
But the biggest deceiving appearance of this book is it's size. When you look at Neverhome and it's 250 pages you think it will be a quick read, but it absolutely is not. It is a hefty and dense 250 pages. It is not what I would call a page-turner. It is not the kind of book that you can read in one sitting. But it is the kind of book that you can become completely immersed in without even realizing it. Through the mood and the tone of the story, Laird Hunt forces you to slow down and focus more on the emotional aspects of the story. As the book winds down, the plot starts picking up, and the climax of the story arrives I was incredibly surprised by the twists and turns. It was as if the book lulled me into a false sense of security that things were one way only to find out that things were not what I expected.
I give Neverhome by Laird Hunt an 8.5 out of 10
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