Jarrettsville (Paperback)

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“Cornelia Nixon's novel begins in 1869 as Martha Jane Cairnes murders Nicholas McComas in front of many witnesses in Jarrettsville, Maryland, a town just below the Mason-Dixon Line and a microcosm of America in the years following the Civil War. This tale of two lovers and why it ends so badly for them is the story of neighbor fighting neighbor, old customs and quarrels dying hard, passion, friendship, and the complicated relationships between whites and blacks, all told exquisitely.”
— Cathy Langer, Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO

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“Cornelia Nixon's novel begins in 1869 as Martha Jane Cairnes murders Nicholas McComas in front of many witnesses in Jarrettsville, Maryland, a town just below the Mason-Dixon Line and a microcosm of America in the years following the Civil War. This tale of two lovers and why it ends so badly for them is the story of neighbor fighting neighbor, old customs and quarrels dying hard, passion, friendship, and the complicated relationships between whites and blacks, all told exquisitely.”
— Cathy Langer, Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO

Description


A novel of crime and passion in post-Civil War Maryland, based on a true story, from a "wonderfully talented" author (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times).

Winner of the Michael Shaara Prize for Excellence in Civil War Fiction Based on true events from the author's family history, Jarrettsville begins in 1869. Martha Jane Cairnes has just shot and killed her fianc , Nicholas McComas, in front of his Union cavalry militia as they were celebrating the anniversary of the Confederate surrender at Appomattox.

To find out why she murdered him, the story steps back to 1865, six days after the surrender, when President Lincoln has just been killed by John Wilkes Booth. Booth belongs to the same Rebel militia as Martha's hot-headed brother, who has gone missing along with the assassin. Martha is loyal to her brother, but in love with Nicholas McComas, a local hero of the Union cause--and their affair is fraught with echoes of the bloody conflict just ended.

Set six miles below the Mason-Dixon line, in a time when brothers fought on opposing sides and former slave-owners lived next door to abolitionists and freedmen, this is a compelling story rich with passion and tragedy, history and suspense.

About the Author


Cornelia Nixon has written two novels, Now You See It and Angels Go Naked, as well as a book of literary criticism on D.H. Lawrence. She has published stories in numerous publications, and has won two O. Henry Awards, two Pushcart Prizes, a Nelson Algren Prize, and the Carl Sandburg Award for Fiction. She teaches in the MFA program at Mills College and lives in Berkeley, California.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781582435121
ISBN-10: 158243512X
Publisher: Counterpoint LLC
Publication Date: September 1st, 2009
Pages: 340
Language: English