By Shelley Fraser Mickle
Eliza Goode is born right into a New Orleans’ parlor apartment within the mid 1800s. offered as a courtesan on her 17th birthday, she flees her prepared destiny on the outbreak of the Civil conflict. She is handed up via Mississippi’s plantations from one slave quarters to a different till she emerges on the Confederates’ Camp Corinth and is swept alongside to the conflict of Manassas.
alongside the way in which, she meets Bennett McFerrin and his spouse, Rissa, who follows her husband to battle. utilizing guile and her amazing good looks, Eliza transforms herself from camp follower prostitute to laundress, nurse, and caregiver to Rissa whilst Bennett is taken prisoner by way of Ulysses S. provide on the conflict of fortress Donelson in Clarksville, Tennessee. Her ultimate transformation frees her from her past.
Eliza’s tale is greater than a story of conflict, transcendence, and difficulty. it's a tale informed nowa days by way of Susan Masters, a novelist in Boston, whose cousin, Hadley, unearths Eliza’s letters in an attic and implores Susan to write down Eliza’s tale to respond to questions she seeks for her personal lifestyles. Hadley has a shameful mystery of her own—a previous, approximately which she can't even convey herself to speak.
Set within the moment summer season of the Iraq conflict and 3 years after Sept. 11, this isn't your traditional Civil struggle novel. This tale says a lot approximately how we grew to become who we're, and who we would became, had the Civil warfare no longer stored us as a nation.
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