Enemy Women

by Paulette Jiles, Reba Buhr

On Sale: 10/13/2020

Enemy Women

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Enemy Women

by Paulette Jiles

On Sale: 10/13/2020

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As lyrical and poignant as Ahab’s Wife and Cold Mountain, here is a wondrous tale set against the tragedy of the American Civil War. . . . “Jiles carries her gifts with deft precision.”—New York Times Book Review

The Colley family are modest farmers in the Missouri Ozarks. Although Southerners, the Colleys try to remain neutral, a fact ignored by the Union militia who confiscate their livestock, burn their farm, and arrest their daughter, Adair, on charges of “enemy collaboration.”

Yet as this innocent young woman soon discovers, fate can have a double edge. While imprisoned, she falls in love with her interrogator, a Union major who helps her escape. Transferred to the front lines, he promises he will survive and marry her. And Adair, now an escaped convict, must begin her own harrowing journey through the wilderness and enemy territory to find the family she left behind.

In unsentimental yet elegant prose, Paulette Jiles reveals the universal horrors of war and its irreparable damage, and introduces a wonderful new character in a memorable, touching story.

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Critical Praise

“ENEMY WOMEN deserves the Pulitzer Prize.” - Toronto Globe and Mail

“I loved…it provides the greatest suspense a story can offer: will someone we’ve come to love persevere and prosper?” - Anna Quindlen

“…remarkable happens...it becomes inspired… Adair becomes a storyteller in order to survive. And so - triumphantly - does Paulette Jiles.” - New York Times Book Review (cover)

“This is a book with backbone, written with tough, haunting eloquence.” - New York Times

“Jiles paints the struggles of the era with the same intensity as Charles Frazier’s 1997 bestseller Cold Mountain …” - People

“Sure to be touted as a new COLD MOUNTAIN...stark, unsentimental, yet touching novel will not suffer in comparison.” - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A remarkable debut… Splendid.” - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“…beautifully written passages…a real page-turner.” - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“...[G]ifted Missouri historian...acutely portrays Missouri’s logistic misfortune as a hotbed of both Union and Confederate violence.” - Booklist

“Enemy Women is all strength and poetry, as are history’s grandest ordinary women and extraordinary writing.” - Kaye Gibbons

“You know what it means when there is Paulette Jiles inside? Be smart. Open the book.” - Gordon Lish

“ENEMY WOMEN...has a Homeresque feel to it. Like something written by an old soul.” - Carolyn Chute

“Jiles has created an unsentimental yet tender world of destruction, despair, and hope that’s a joy to inhabit.” - Entertainment Weekly

“Comparing Enemy Women to Cold Mountain doesn’t quite do Jiles’s novel justice.” - Washington Post

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063040977
  • ISBN 10: 0063040972
  • Imprint: HarperAudio
  • On Sale: 10/13/2020
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / General
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Historical

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