Hiwassee : A Novel of the Civil War (Paperback)

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A historically accurate Civil War novel setting light on a little-known corner of the Civil War behind the lines of the Border South.


Publisher Independent Pub Group
Mfg Part# 9780897335171
SKU 31107294
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0897335171
Release Date 5/1/2003
"A grim, convincing, remarkably assured first novel about the darker byways of the Civil War....Price's story follows the struggles of the once-wealthy Curtis family in 1863 to survive one more year of war....Throughout..., Price brings an astonishing verisimilitude to the narrative. The salty, exact language, tough-minded views, and bloody deeds of these characters ring true throughout. [He] moves back and forth between the sufferings of the Curtis family and the experiences of their boys at the battle of Chickamauga....Price excels in catching the plight of individuals caught up in this vast event....[F]ew recent novels have caught with such conviction the true texture and profound emotions of that conflict."
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Annotation A novel about once-prosperous North Carolina family and the struggles and sufferings its members endure during the Civil War: violence, raids, the land no longer farmed, a shortage of husbands for the daughters, and the sons' battle experiences.
Editors Note Captures the struggle of the once wealthy Curtis family to survive yet another year in North Carolina as they are beset by the thieves, deserters, and psycopaths who take advantage of the lawlessness engendered by the Civil War
Editors Note 2 This Stunning Novel is set near the end of the Civil War in the mountainous farm country of North Carolina?bordering on the Hiwassee River?a region where neighbor turned on neighbor and helpless families were preyed on by deserters from both armies and by violent gangs pretending to be military units. Madison Curtis and his wife Sarah live on a plantation that lies in the path of a gang of Union partisans, led by a vicious bushwhacker named Bridgeman. The Curtises are hiding their eldest son Andy, who was wounded in the Confederate Army. They risk torture and death to protect him from Bridgeman. We meet also the Curtis's younger sons, Jack and Howell, who are caught up in the great battle of Chickamauga, far away in Georgia, and we are offered a unique glimpse of war as the common soldier saw it?confusing, monotonous and terrifying by turns and without any discernible meaning. There too is the rebel soldier Oliver Price, a poor kindly shoemaker who hardly ever met a black man, much less owned one, but fought on to the end for his home, long after many others with much more at stake had lost heart and quit. This is a perfect little gem of a novel: beautifully written, historically accurate and shedding light on a little-known corner of the Civil War behind the lines of the Border South. Once read, it will never be forgotten.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0190
Publisher Academy Chicago Publishers

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