A Separate Country

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/10/2011
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

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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.

"Robert Hicks's riveting new novel takes up Hood's life after the war. Anyone who has ever lived in New Orleans must be prepared to be made homesick, and the bizarre cast of characters, including a dwarf, a burly priest and a boy of mixed and mysterious parentage, wouldn't seem right in any city but this one. I read A Separate Country with breakneck speed for that most old-fashioned of reasons: I wanted to see what happened next. And then I eagerly read it a second time to make sure I got the complicated twists and turns. Is there a better recommendation?" -Washington Post

"A lovely, richly detailed tale pulled partly from history, partly from his own imagination. Hicks captures the enchanting, dark humid soul of post-war New Orleans..." -BookPage

"A powerful epic about how love and unselfish choices lead to personal transformations...Hicks uncovers layers of detail about characters and events we naively thought we understood. A marvelous accomplishment, as beautifully written and heart-wrenching as its predecessor." -Booklist

"Hicks follows his bestselling The Widow of the South with the grand, ripped-from-the-dusty-archives epic of Confederate general John Bell Hood...Hicks's stunning narrative volleys between Hood, Anna Marie and Eli, each offering variety and texture to a story saturated in Southern gallantry and rich American history." -Publisher's Weekly

Author Biography

Robert Hicks has been active in the music industry in Nashville for twenty years as both a music publisher and artist manager. The driving force behind the perservation and restoration of the historic Carnton plantation in Tennessee, he stumbled upon the extraordinary role that Carrie McGavock played during and after the Battle of Franklin. He is the author of The Widow of the South.

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Fascinating Historical Fiction May 7, 2011
It's basically a true story - as far as I can tell - and is a sad study of a man - John Bell Hood, CSA - who found himself as a young general, without service, in the years after the Civil War. General Hood was moved from being the arrogant, bull-headed warrior into the broken, humiliated shell of a man whose only glory was his wife. The writing and the story telling are superb, well researched, well written, and a delight to read this historical novel is a must read.
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