Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Introducing Our Newest VIB


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.

Friday, September 12, 2014 at 7pm, at our Colfax Avenue store

Colorado Public Radio joins us in presenting award-winning, critically acclaimed local author and University of Denver professor Laird Hunt, in conversation with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner, to discuss and sign Hunt’s new book.

Cathy says:
"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. Neverhome will surely join the ranks of the brilliant novels not just of the Civil War but war writ large."

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.

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