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The Far Side Of Home

The Far Side Of Home


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Description for THE FAR SIDE OF HOME by Maggie Davis:

In this extraordinary novel, Maggie Davis adds a new dimension to our understanding of the men and women who fought for the Confederacy.

The Cavaliers...the Sir Walter Scott characters who blaze through most of the fiction of the period...the pillared plantations...the gracious, mannered, romantic aristocracy are not to be found here.

THE FAR SIDE OF HOME portrays those rural, middle-class Southerners who had no slaves and wanted non, who stood to gain little whatever the outcome of the war. They were, nevertheless, the solid, tough backbone of the Confederacy. They fought for their homeland and brought an almost forgotten splendor to the story of Dixie. This is the story of one of them...

Depressed, sick, and drunk, Johnny McLeod, twenty years old and a private in a Georgia regiment, sets out on leave for his home in Jonesboro in the Winter of 1863. He winds up in Augusta where, after a whirlwind courtship, he marries seventeen-year-old Annabella Hammond.

On their honeymoon, both Johnny and Annabella discover that each has married a complete stranger. Their wedding night is a disaster. In shame and despair, Johnny takes Annabella home to Jonesboro, and returns to the lines in Tennessee.

THE FAR SIDE OF HOME is the profoundly moving story of Johnny's fate, the fate of his love of the cause for which he fought. It moves from the fiery battle of Kennesaw Mountain to staving Atlanta, from Johnny's poignant reunion with Annabella to his nightmare attempt to escape capture.

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