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.
Laird Hunt is the award-winning author of novels and a collection of short works that intersect several genres, including experimental literature, exploratory fiction, literary noir, speculative fiction. In particular The Paris Stories (2000) and five novels published by Coffee House Press: The Impossibly (2001), Indiana, Indiana (2003), The Exquisite (2006 ) Ray of the Star (2009) and One Kind (2012), which was listed as a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and was the winner of the 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards. His latest novel Neverhome, was published in the US by Little, Brown &Company in 2014 and by Chatto in the UK. His books are published in France, in Japan, Spain, Germany and Turkey. Hunt is currently professor in the Creative Writing program at Denver University, and lives with his wife, the poet Eleni Sikelianos, and his daughter in Colorado.