“I was strong and he was not, so it was me who went to war to defend the Republic.”
Neverhome, Laird Hunt‘s gorgeous historical novel about a woman who leaves her comfortable home and gentle husband to fight for the North in Civil War, was recently released in paperback. The New York Times called it “enthralling … at once sentimental and aloof [about] a savior and a killer, a folk hero who shuns her own legend, a fierce and wounded woman who finds strength in her troubled past.”
We call Neverhome a must-read and have a copy to give away to you! Here’s how to win it:
The blurb for Neverhome describes protagonist Ash Thompson as a hero, a folk legend, a madwoman and a traitor. Which one of these four things are you? Tell us by Tweeting @LitNewEngland before midnight Friday, June 19, being sure to use the #Neverhome hashtag.
We’ll pick one winner at random out of those who Tweet us, and then announce the name June 20!
When Neverhome was first released in hardcover, we featured Laird on the Oct. 27, 2014 Literary New England Radio Show, which you can hear in our archives. Other guests that night included Gregory Maguire on Egg & Spoon, Randy Susan Meyers on Accidents of Marriage and Anne Girard on Madame Picasso–such a great show!
- Laird first got the idea for Neverhome 18 years ago, when he was reading An Uncommon Soldier, a collection of letters by a woman named Sarah Wakeman who disguised herself as a man to fight in the Civil War.
- Singapore, San Francisco, London and rural Indiana are among the many places Laird has lived and that have influenced him and his writing.
- His grandmother was born on a farm that inspires all the fictional ones he has written about. He poignantly wrote about her, the farm and Neverhome for LitHub.
- Neverhome is his sixth novel.
- Laird spent a memorable and productive writing residency at New Hampshire’s MacDowell Colony, the oldest arts colony in the United States.
- His Twitter feed suggests he dreams a lot.
- He has a cat named Mouse.
- In Neverhome, Ash has no problem learning how to shoot a musket. In fact, her shooting earns the praise of fellow soldiers.
- Neverhome is the first of Laird’s novels to be published in the United Kingdom.
- The Guardian called Neverhome “a brilliant and breathtaking blaze of a novel, lit the ferocious will and all‑too‑human spirit of its unforgettable narrator.” Wow!