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Enemy Women: A Novel by [Paulette Jiles]

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Adair Colley is the headstrong heroine of this novel set in Missouri during the Civil War. Living at the southern end of the politically divided state, Adair and her family are Confederate sympathizers but have done their best to remain neutral throughout the war. This means nothing to the Union militia, who burn her family home and arrest her elderly father as a conspirator. Soon Adair finds herself unjustly behind bars with countless other women accused of treason simply for feeding and clothing their Confederate fathers and brothers. Adair escapes from jail with the help of a Union major who is enamored of her, and she makes her way back home, hoping to reunite her torn family once again. As a love story, this one quickly loses steam, but it becomes obvious that Jiles is a gifted Missouri historian who brings to light many overlooked Civil War facts and acutely portrays Missouri's logistic misfortune as a hotbed of both Union and Confederate violence. Elsa Gaztambide
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Enemy Women, the outstanding first novel by poet Paulette Jiles, leads us into new terrain, both geographic and historical, in the war between the states. Set in the Missouri Ozarks during the Civil War, Jiles's story focuses on the trying times of 18-year-old heroine Adair Colley. When a group of renegade Union militiamen attacks the Colley home, stealing family possessions, burning everything down, and taking away her father--an apolitical judge--Adair gathers the remnants of her clothes and mounts a rescue effort. Unfortunately, she is falsely accused of being a Confederate spy, a charge that lands her in a squalid women's prison run by a decent commandant embarrassed by his post. After he helps her escape, the two agree to seek out one another after the war; their separate, harrowing journeys and the evolution of each character throughout make for breathtaking action and powerful writing. Each chapter of Enemy Women begins with excerpts from historical testimony about this terrible period in the Civil War, when marauding soldiers pillaged and murdered whole families and communities at will. These documents add depth and resonance to Jiles's remarkable narrative. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B000FC11L0
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperCollins e-books (17 March 2009)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 674 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0060938099
  • Customer Reviews:
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Odyssey through a war-torn region.
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