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A Separate Country

by Robert Hicks

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A Separate Country by Robert Hicks
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2009
    432 pages
    Genre: Historical Fiction

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Set in New Orleans in the years after the Civil War, A Separate Country is based on the incredible life of John Bell Hood, arguably one of the most controversial generals of the Confederate Army--and one of its most tragic figures. Robert E. Lee promoted him to major general after the Battle of Antietam. But the Civil War would mark him forever. At Gettysburg, he lost the use of his left arm. At the Battle of Chickamauga, his right leg was amputated. Starting fresh after the war, he married Anna Marie Hennen and fathered 11 children with her, including three sets of twins. But fate had other plans. Crippled by his war wounds and defeat, ravaged by financial misfortune, Hood had one last foe to battle: Yellow Fever. A Separate Country is the heartrending story of a decent and good man who struggled with his inability to admit his failures-and the story of those who taught him to love, and to be loved, and transformed him.

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"Readers must see past the bugs and the stench of New Orleans to unravel the puzzle of these picaresque characters. Recommended for Civil War buffs and those who appreciate precise, evocative writing." - Library Journal

"Hicks spins a taut tale, told in many voices, of tangled webs, vengeance and other unfinished business. Expertly written, with plenty of unexpected twists - a pleasure for Civil War buffs, but also for fans of literary mysteries. " - Kirkus Reviews

"Starred Review. Hicks's stunning narrative [offers] variety and texture to a story saturated in Southern gallantry and rich American history." - Publishers Weekly

"Robert Hicks writes beautifully. His re-creation of New Orleans and its fatal beauty and the courage of its people is stunning. The narrator's voice has the historical authenticity of Ishmael's or Huck Finn's. As soon as you begin reading A Separate Country, the reader knows he's in the hands of a pro." - James Lee Burke

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Robert Hicks Author Biography

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Robert Hicks, is the award-winning author of The Widow of the South and A Separate Country. His third novel, The Orphan Mother was released in, 2016. Born in South Florida, he moved to Williamson County, Tennessee in 1974 and lives near the Bingham Community. He is founding chairman emeritus of Franklin's Charge: A Vision and Campaign for the Preservation of Historic Open Space in the fight to secure and preserve the historic battlefield in Williamson County.

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