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Enemy Women

von Paulette Jiles

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For the Colleys of southeastern Missouri, the War between the States is a plague that threatens devastation, despite the family's avowed neutrality. For eighteen-year-old Adair Colley, it is a nightmare that tears apart her family and forces her and her sisters to flee. The treachery of a fellow traveler, however, brings about her arrest, and she is caged with the criminal and deranged in a filthy women's prison. But young Adair finds that love can live even in a place of horror and despair. Her interrogator, a Union major, falls in love with her and vows to return for her when the fighting is over. Before he leaves for battle, he bestows upon her a precious gift: freedom. Now an escaped "enemy woman," Adair must make her harrowing way south buoyed by a promise . . . seeking a home and a family that may be nothing more than a memory.… (mehr)
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Paulette Jiles is one of my favorite writers....her prose is beautiful and I need to read her words thoughtfully and carefully to appreciate it. She doesn't provide deep characterization for Adair and William, but she doesn't need to because it's about the story more than the characters. I struggled in the beginning until I remembered to slow down, be patient and wait for the story to develop. My one criticism is the lack of quotation marks; I'm fine with a writer not using quotation marks for the dialogue and I understand why it is done, but it didn't work for me with this book, I found it difficult to distinguish between dialogue and narration. A lovely story and beautiful writing....another great one by Ms. Jiles. ( )
  almin | Jan 15, 2021 |
Read this several years ago. Grew up in the Kansas City area and being a student of history was aware of the terrible bloody battle field that was Missouri and eastern Kansas. The excellent writing and characterizations brought the history I knew, and the places was familiar with, to life. While it is fiction the writing, characters and understanding of the era made it seem more a true story than fiction. When I finished it I felt that I had lived with those in the story. A must read for any student of the peripheral history of the Civil War. ( )
  can44okie | Aug 28, 2020 |
I really wanted to like this book. I usually enjoy Civil War stories & I have visited that section of Missouri (my grandparents share the same birthplace with the author and still live there), so I could picture it in my mind.
But this book was awful! The author gave none of the characters' background, and no insight into what was going on mentally and emotionally. Because of this, there was no connection with them; I gave up searching for a reason to care about them at page 70.
The thing that bothered me most about this book, though, was the pretentious way it was written. Many sentences were short, incomplete thoughts. The dialogue was not put in quotation marks, so it was hard to distinguish it from the narrative. This seemed like the smug little gimmick of an author trying too hard for the critics to call her "ground-breaking" or some other overused moniker. It was a good concept that was badly executed and I will not be seeking out other works by this author. ( )
  tiasreads | Dec 11, 2019 |
Though evocatively written, the first half, set in a Union prison, dragged for me. But Adair Colley, a wily survivor, escapes with the aid of the Lieutenant in charge, who has fallen in love with her. And her horse Whiskey, with whom she finally reunites, is a well-drawn character in his own right. ( )
  beaujoe | Jul 7, 2018 |
Interesting book about the Civil War in Missouri. I'm not sure I ever understand an author's decision to write an entire book without a single set of "". At times it was difficult to tell wether a particular statement was actually spoken. It was a good book about finding ones way home. You want to be on her side and root for her to make it, but on the way she does some things that make you question your loyalty to her.
  sochri | Nov 21, 2017 |
I just HATED *Enemy Women*! So bloodthirsty, so much vicious violence - I didn't think women wrote such stuff. And a flat, plodding, repetitive style, devoid even of quote marks for the dialogue.
Come back the glory days of Jane Austen, E. M. Forster, Nancy Mitford, Elizabeth Taylor, Elizabeth Bowen, Barbara Pym, Anita Brookner, Salley
Vickers. What is happening so to brutalise new fiction?
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For my cousin Susan Jiles Lawson and, as always, for Jim.
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Young men joined up by the thousands in their eagerness to go to war for the state of Missouri; they would go to war and come home with stories to tell as their fathers had come home from the Mexican war with tales of faraway places and cannon fire and the bold charge the Missourians had made at Saltillo.
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There will be trouble in Missouri until the Secesh are subjugated and made to know that they are not only powerless, but that any attempts to make trouble here will bring upon them certain destruction and this … must not be confined to soldiers and fighting men, but must be extended to non-combatant men and women. October 10, 1861 (actual letter)
So it was in the third year of the Civil War in the Ozark Mountains of southeastern Missouri, when Virginia creeper and poison ivy wrapped scarlet, smoky scarves around the throats of trees, and there was hardly anybody left in the country but the women and the children.
She got up again and paced. Then took the quilt out of its linen wrapper for the pleasure of the brilliant colors and the feel of the velvet. The needlework was very fine and regular. Adair hated needlework and she could not imagine sitting and stitching the fine crow’s-foot seams. Writing was the same, the pinching of thoughts into marks on paper and trying to keep your cursive legible, trying to think of the next thing to say and then behind you on several sheets of paper you find you have left permanent tracks, a trail, upon which anybody could follow you. Stalking you through your deep woods of private thought.
They carried, unfurled and lifting slightly in the spring breeze, their State Guard flag, a faded blue silk, and in the middle of it in a battered gold color, the state seal and the growling bears of Missouri. The men lined the road. There was a long silence as Reeves and his officers came down the trail and through Wilderness, past the tavern. As he went past the men’s hats came off, one after the other like a line of birds taking flight They stood holding their rifles or their cut hickory walking sticks, their hats in their hands. Colonel, they said.

Colonel Reeves gazed out from under his hat brim. It was a cavalry officer’s hat pinned up to one side. One boot was kicked out of the stirrup and his uniform was worn through the leather patches at the elbows, the leather hung in little fluttering banners.

Men. Good day, men. God bless you all.

He nodded to each man and looked each man in the eye and then they rode on and the strange flag disappeared into the descending hillside of yellow pine, riding slowly out of the official history of the world.
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For the Colleys of southeastern Missouri, the War between the States is a plague that threatens devastation, despite the family's avowed neutrality. For eighteen-year-old Adair Colley, it is a nightmare that tears apart her family and forces her and her sisters to flee. The treachery of a fellow traveler, however, brings about her arrest, and she is caged with the criminal and deranged in a filthy women's prison. But young Adair finds that love can live even in a place of horror and despair. Her interrogator, a Union major, falls in love with her and vows to return for her when the fighting is over. Before he leaves for battle, he bestows upon her a precious gift: freedom. Now an escaped "enemy woman," Adair must make her harrowing way south buoyed by a promise . . . seeking a home and a family that may be nothing more than a memory.

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