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.
Not all Civil War soldiers were men. Constance, who enlists as Ash Thompson in place of her husband, was one such soldier. The experience changes her and her husband in ways they couldn’t have predicted. Reminiscent of True Grit, Neverhome smartly captures the isolation and courage of a determined soldier with a secret. -Jennifer Conner, Literate Housewife