Nostalgia: A Novel

Nostalgia: A Novel

Dennis McFarland

**Washington Post most sensible 50 Books of the Year**

This gorgeous Civil warfare novel from best-selling writer Dennis McFarland brings us the adventure of a nineteen-year-old inner most, deserted by means of his comrades within the desert, who's suffering to regain his voice, his id, and his position in an international completely replaced by way of what he has skilled at the battlefield.
In the iciness of 1864, Summerfield Hayes, a glass for the well-known Eckford membership, enlists within the Union military, leaving his sister, a schoolteacher, devastated and by myself of their Brooklyn domestic. The siblings, who've misplaced either their mom and dad, are surprisingly hooked up, and Hayes fears his untoward mystery emotions for his sister. This wealthy backstory is intercut with scenes of his soul-altering hours at the march and on the front—the slaughter of slightly grown younger males who basically days ahead of whooped it up with him in a regimental ball online game; his transitority deafness and disorientation after a shell blast; his fevered try to locate refuge after he has been abandoned via his personal comrades—and, later, in a Washington army medical institution, the place he reveals himself mute and not able even to write down his identify. during this twilit realm, one of the humans he encounters—including a compassionate drug-addicted amputee, the ward matron who in basic terms seems to be his enemy, and the captain who's confident that Hayes is faking his illness—is a gray-bearded eccentric who visits the ward day-by-day and turns into Hayes’s most powerful suggest: Walt Whitman. This undying tale, whose end result hinges on friendships cast in challenge, reminds us that the wounds of conflict are manifold, and the therapeutic goodness within the human soul runs deep and strong.

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