[PDF NEW] Homeland A Novel

It You have to read closely or else you will miss some very important details important ones The story opens with a mystery and ends with a solution Along the way lies heart break and struggle Hambly gives each of her ladies a strong voice and her solution to how the letters are sent during the war is well thought out The dangers that each woman faces varies depending upon their geographical location yet neither one is shown as being worthy of admiration or sympathy This done because while Cora and Susie are not related by blood their friendship is a deep and abiding one They do not agree with each other all the time but like real friendships the disagreement strengthens their relationship and each woman They learn from each other Susie might be a Confederate woman but her views on slavery are not those of her siblings and father Cora is an abolitionist but she also understands loyalty and a desire to protect one s home The two women are different but they are euals The very real friendship in the novel and how it is tested not ust by the War but by family drama is a wonderful strength Too often one woman is always seen or portrayed as better even the women are supposed to be friends This is not the case here Homeland is told are supposed to be friends This is not the case here Homeland is told in the form of a correspondence between two women nominally on opposite sides of the American Civil War Susanna is the daughter of a Southern plantation holder and a gifted artist intellectual Cora from Maine is married Susanna is the daughter of a Southern plantation holder and a gifted artist intellectual Cora from Maine is married one of Susanna s family friends Emory Susanna opens the correspondence with a plea to Cora not to tell anyone that she saw Susanna in a compromising embrace Cora gently admonishes Susanna that the manEmory s widowed father Justindoes not have a good reputation but otherwise holds her peace When the Civil war begins a newly pregnant Cora returns to her family home in Maine while Emory enlists in the army But he chooses to enlist in the Confederate Army leaving her to ensure the pity and suspicionwhen she refuses to consider divorceof her neighbours and former friends Both women wind up trapped by the needs of others even as their situations become progressively difficult and especially for Susannah dangerous As the South collapses Susannah s home becomes a refuge for militia than half bandits by this timeand hold outs from the confederate army Emory among them Why five stars I admire Barbara Hambly s work full stop the meticulousness of her presentation of history and her eye for the ambiguities in character the nuances in power relations and the accommodations people make to survive The epistolatory form works so well for this story especially the device of the unsent letters in which Susanna writes down the things she dare not tell Cora The reader has to do ust enough work to piece together what is implied rather than said or mentioned and then filled in after which gives it the flavour of a real correspondence I love the details of soap making foraging and survival and they too work as expressed in the letters where they might not fit easily into a conventional narrative Barbara Hambly writes great historical fiction I very much enjoyed her antebellum New Orleans series starting with A Free Man of Color Homeland is an epistolary novel consisting of correspondence between two women during the Civil War In their letters the women one from the North and one from the South reveal the effects of the war on them their families and society around them They also reflect a great deal on women in literature which makes the reader reflect also The ending of the novel takes your breath awayShe s apparently written two other Civil War era books that I ll have to check out I m not normally interested in epistolary style novels but this one was uite well done The way the author timed the letters where there was a disconnect between the writing and receiving was an added layer that really helped in keeping things feeling disconnected during the war. Human spirit Their voices and their stories are delineated in indomitable prose by an award winning writer who captures in intimate detail a singular moment in time In Homeland Barbara Hambly takes readers on a uniue odyssey across a landscape treacherous with hardship and hatred She paints a passionate masterpiece of a friendship that not only transforms our understanding of the most heart wrenching era of American history but celebrates the power of women to change their worl. ,


By fading candlelight on any scraps of paper she could findSusanna took care of her sister despite her sister s betrayal endured a house full of militia while her father left them and dreamed of going to art school and becoming an artist once the war was over She foraged for food hiding the mammals she shot and fish she speared and eggs her hens laid so that the military men wouldn t eat it all At times she starved living off what she fed the hens Still she wrote on scraps of paper and traded work for postal service in order to stay in touch with CoraThese women were strong When someone says they want to read a book with true strong female characters recommend this book I honestly don t know if I could be as strongThe other thing I d like to mention is the love the women shared for literature This added another layer of depth to the whole story Both women incorporated the classics into their daily lives at times hanging onto the fictional characters as the only true understanding company available Pride and Prejudice A Tale of Two Cities David Copperfield The Hunchback of Notredame even Frankenstein The Iliad and A Christmas Carol The characters in these stories particularly the women gave them hope when there was very little hope to be found Hambly masterfully weaved the truth and wonder of these books through the lives of Cora and Susanna finding parallel lines and inevitably causing the reader to reflect upon hisher own life It would be impossible not to and also not to become curious about the books mentioned that have so far either sat on my shelf unread or never even considered This is a beautiful book mentioned that have so far either sat on my shelf unread or never even considered This is a beautiful book though the story is set over a century ago in a world we could never understand in this age of instant gratification when the only wars we know are fought across the ocean remains on the reader s heart in this uniue take on the civilwar two women one from an island in maine and one from a plantation in tennessee become fast friends and begin a correspondence that continues throughout the war even when the letters cannot be delivered they continue to write as an outlet for stress and frustration this book gives us a wonderful understanding of the hardships that the people left behind had to endure through sometimes horrible situations it also sings the praises of the strength of women unable to vote barely allowed to be schooled yet left to keep homesteads and family together you also get a deeper understanding of the schedule of daily weekly and seasonal chores that needed to be done on a regular basis during even the best of times getting through even one day with them would have me crawling on my knees in exhaustion this book left me humbled and embarrassed at the small things I sometime complain about it s great to have these women recognised as the heroines they were an excellent read This book tells the story of the Civil War on the homefront in letters between sisters in law one in the North one in the South The hardships that each endured were amazing While some of the relationships were confusing the story was interesting the letters were gripping and the ending was a pleasant surprise Hambly s historical novel is set during the American Civil War and is supposedly a series of letters between two friends who find themselves on opposite sides Cora is a supporter of the Union and Susie is a supporter of the Confederacy This book is not at all what I thought it was going to be What starts at as a family drama a la North and South turns into a discovery of what it means to be a woman and what is worth fighting for on a familial or personal level And uite frankly if you love Jane Austen you need to read this book because both Cora and Susie are writing love letters to literature as they write each Other And Their Greatest and their "Greatest Is Austen The "is Austen The is put together by the reader because both women while challenging their place in the world are also socially constrained by. Rner on an isolated Maine island her beloved husband fighting for the Confederacy Through the letters the two women exchange they speak of the ordeal of a familiar world torn apart by tragedy And yet their uniue friendship will help mend the fabric of a ravaged nationThe two women write about books and art about loss and longing about their future and the future of their country About love About being a woman in nineteenth century America About the triumphant resilience of the. The only reason I didn t read this book the moment it came out you all know I adore Hambly s work is because it s an epistolary moment it came out you all know I adore Hambly s work is because it s an epistolary consisting solely of letters I hate epistolary novels by and large I figured if anyone could make me love one it would be Hambly and of course the moment I made myself start to read I fell in love with itThe letters are wri It s 1861 two friends Cora Poole and Susanna Ashford are caught up on different sides of the Civil war The only thing keeping them together is their letters to each other Over the next 4 years the continue to write letters to each OTHER CORA POOLE IS LIVING IN THE UNION AND Cora Poole is living in the Union and Ashford is living in the Rebel States The entire book goes over their daily lives what they think of the war what the war has done to their lives and how they are struggling to adapt to the war and being so close to each other but yet so far away Through out the book the go into depth on why they think each side is in the war and what they are going to do after the war ends Both of the friends have relatives on each side of the war In my opinion I did not like the book at all It was mostly a chic book If you like books that talk about being outside of the civil war looking in then this is your book to read if you like action books then stay far away from this book I found that I had a hard time trying to finish the book This book consisted of letters exchanged between Susanna a Southern woman and Cora a Northerner throughout the duration of the Civil War Although a work of fiction it paints a realistic picture of what life was like for women during that time and the hardships and tragedies they endured A must read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction In this beautifully written novel two young women originally brought together through marriage maintain an unusual friendship during the Civil War Cora is from the Union and lives up North while Susanna is from the deep south and part of the Confederacy The novel is written through their letters to one another during the years of the War There are some twists in this book the reader doesn t expect and I won t give them away here But this book made me think A lotThere were times during the war that these two women were unable to correspond due to the inability to send and receive mail through all the fighting Yet Cora and Susanna loyally wrote to one another anyway They saved the letters some of which they mailed once the postal service was up and running once again Their constant love for one another supported through each sometimes painfully written line is amazing Who in these days of instant email and text messaging would be able to do that I don t know anyone whose long distance friendship would last days and weeks and months without contact My best friend and I though we live only 20 minutes from each other see each other only a couple times a year We never talk on the phone But we email daily Without emailI don t know I think she and I would remain friends but not as intimately as we do now It s so easy to tell each other every detail of our lives when we can sit down at the computer and type away But if we had to hand write letters I m not sure we d know each other as well understand each other and love each other on such deep levels as we do nowYet Cora and Susanna not only through hand written letters but across political and social boundaries through different thoughts and beliefs and levels of education not only maintained a friendship Their friendship blossomed into a deep love between sisterly hearts Cora ran her household raised her newborn took care of her ailing mother all while stranded inside a cabin buried by snow She injured her fingers with the tedious housework avoided cruel remarks from women who hated her and accused her of being a traitor because she didn t divorce her husband when he fought for the Confederacy his home was in the South and he felt it only right and still she wrote. Those who loved Cold Mountain or Geraldine Brooks’s March will embrace and long remember this spellbinding novel of two remarkable women torn apart by conflict sustained by literature and art united by friendship and hope As brother turns against brother in the bloodbath of the Civil War two young women sacrifice everything but their friendship Susanna Ashford is the Southerner living on a plantation surrounded by scarred and blood soaked battlefields Cora Poole is the Northe. ,
Homeland A Novel