By: Laird Hunt
The Civil War is a fascinating chapter of our nation’s history. Families found themselves on both sides of the war, homes and land was torn apart, and many lives were lost as the nation struggled with the definition of freedom. As a woman it is always a bit different when you look back at history because we are painted as bystanders or too weak to make a difference…until Rosie the Riveter changed that a bit – but we are still trying to find our place in our nation’s fight for freedom to this day. Laird Hunt’s novel Neverhome provides readers, especially female readers with a unique story and heroine as a wife sheds her dress, picks up a musket and takes her husbands place in the fight for freedom. Hunt’s novel is written in the first person with a very colloquial style that makes you feel as though you are living the story and the experiences become more vivid. The backdrop of the war creates a unique story that is worth reading.
Like any book there were parts of Neverhome that I absolutely loves, some that I found frustrating and even mad at the story for but altogether it was a good read. The book was true to period and history while providing a fictional story full of danger, love and longing. Neverhome is a good candidate for your summer reading list.