I Shall Be Near to You

I Shall Be Near to You

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An extraordinary novel about a strong-willed woman who disguises herself as a man in order to fight beside her husband, inspired by the letters of a remarkable female soldier who fought in the Civil War.
Rosetta doesn't want her new husband Jeremiah to enlist, but he joins up, hoping to make enough money that they'll be able to afford their own farm someday. Though she's always worked by her father s side as the son he never had, now that Rosetta is a wife she's told her place is inside with the other women. But Rosetta decides her true place is with Jeremiah, no matter what that means, and to be with him she cuts off her hair, hems an old pair of his pants, and signs up as a Union soldier.
With the army desperate for recruits, Rosetta has no trouble volunteering, although she faces an incredulous husband. She drills with the men, proves she can be as good a soldier as anyone, anddeals withthe tension as her husband comes to grips with having a fighting wife. Rosetta's strong will clashes with Jeremiah's while their marriage is tested bybroken conventions, constant danger, and war, and she fears discovery of her secret even as they fight for their future, and for their lives. Inspired by more than 250 documented accounts of the women who fought in the Civil War while disguised as men, "I Shall Be Near To You" is the intimate story, inRosetta s powerful and gorgeous voice, of the drama of marriage, one woman s amazing exploits, and the tender love story that can unfold when two partners face life s challenges side by side."
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 159 x 244 x 27mm | 522g
  • English
  • 0804137722
  • 9780804137720
  • 1,484,538

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"McCabe's debut novel...is a shining story of enduring love... McCabe portrays Rosetta brilliantly--think "True Grit"'s Mattie Ross--as she narrates her story with energy, self-perception, courage and unremitting love for Jeremiah. McCabe's thorough research lends verisimilitude to army life, all cook fires, salt pork, hardtack, thin blankets and marches into terror. McCabe's descriptions of battle's chaos and mayhem...is reminiscent of Crane's "The Red Badge of Courage."..Based on often overlooked history, McCabe offers an extraordinary novel, one creating a memorable character through which we relive our national cataclysm." --"Kirkus," starred review
"A real gem...In the long, distinguished history of Civil War fiction, Erin Lindsay McCabe has presented us a book that might be for the ages. Her novel, "I Shall Be Near to You," tells a passionate love story that moved me as much as I've been moved in years. Her heroine, Rosetta Wakefield, is as compelling a warrior as any that appears in Michael Shaara's great novel about Gettysburg, "The Killer Angels." Rosetta is a magnificent creation and lets us know that the people of the North had the same attachment to their land as any Southerner ever did. If you don't like this book, you don't like to read."
--Pat Conroy, "New York Times" Bestselling author of "The Prince of Tides" and "The Death of Santini"
"Erin Lindsay McCabe has given us an unforgettable tale of the power of love and commitment over war and all that comes with it. She breathes life and heart into Rosetta, a young bride who struggles to find her own footing in a marriage too new to have much of a footing at all, as Rosetta chooses to follow Jeremiah into war and into what will prove to be the horror and the richness of a life lived in the fullest."
--Robert Hicks, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Widow of the South" and "A Separate Country"
"Erin McCabe's "I Shall Be Near to You" is a beautiful book, a historica
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About Erin Lindsay McCabe

ERIN LINDSAY McCABE studied Literature at University of California, Santa Cruz, and taught high school English before completing her MFA at St. Mary's College of California in 2010. She has taught Composition at St. Mary's and Butte College and resides in Northern California with her husband and son and a small menagerie that includes one dog, four cats, two horses, ten chickens, and two goats.
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6,499 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 24% (1,573)
4 41% (2,665)
3 27% (1,731)
2 6% (417)
1 2% (113)
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