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I Shall Be Near to You

A Novel

By Erin Lindsay McCabe

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, and deals with the 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 by broken 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, in Rosetta’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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2014

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9780804137720


Format: Book
Author: McCabe, Erin Lindsay
Summary: "An extraordinary novel about a strong-willed woman who disguises herself as a man in order to fight beside her husband in the Civil War, inspired by a real female soldier's letters home 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. Rosetta trains with the men, prepares herself for war, and deals with the tension between her and Jeremiah as he comes to grips with having a fighting wife. There are many dangers to face, from the constant threat of discovery to intense battles where they fight side by side. With him, she faces the difficult realities of the Civil War, marriage, and staying true to herself. Inspired by true accounts of the more than four hundred women who fought in the Civil War disguised as men, I Shall Be Near To You is a tender love story, an exploration of gender roles and marriage, and a hard examination of war"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: I shall be near to you : a novel / Erin Lindsay McCabe.
Publisher Date: New York : Crown Publishers, [2014]
Subject: Soldiers -- Fiction. Husband and wife -- Fiction. Impersonation -- Fiction. FICTION / Historical. FICTION / War & Military. FICTION / Action & Adventure. United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9780804137720 (hardback) 0804137722 (hardback) 0804137722 9780804137720
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 3
System Items Total: 6
Call Number: F McCabe
Oclc: 854613873
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Bib Id: 491437

Format: Book
Author: McCabe, Erin Lindsay.
Summary: "An extraordinary novel about a strong-willed woman who disguises herself as a man in order to fight beside her husband in the Civil War, inspired by a real female soldier's letters home 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. Rosetta trains with the men, prepares herself for war, and deals with the tension between her and Jeremiah as he comes to grips with having a fighting wife. There are many dangers to face, from the constant threat of discovery to intense battles where they fight side by side. With him, she faces the difficult realities of the Civil War, marriage, and staying true to herself. Inspired by true accounts of the more than four hundred women who fought in the Civil War disguised as men, I Shall Be Near To You is a tender love story, an exploration of gender roles and marriage, and a hard examination of war"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: I shall be near to you : a novel / Erin Lindsay McCabe.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Crown Publishers, [2014]
Description: 304 pages ; 25 cm
Subjects: Soldiers -- Fiction.
Subjects: Husband and wife -- Fiction.
Subjects: Impersonation -- Fiction.
Subjects: FICTION / Historical.
Subjects: FICTION / War & Military.
Subjects: FICTION / Action & Adventure.
Subjects: United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Fiction.
LCCN: 2013028670
ISBN: 9780804137720 (hardback)
ISBN: 0804137722 (hardback)
ISBN: 0804137722
ISBN: 9780804137720
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 3
Total Copies: 6
Call Number: F McCabe