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. (publisher’s summary)
We hope you will join us for the August read-a-long of Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles as part of the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge 2011. We will read a handful of chapters every week throughout August, and every Friday, we will post discussion questions here. We welcome you to post your thoughts on your blog and provide a link or just type your thoughts in the comments section of the discussion post; whatever works best for you. You can answer our questions or just discuss whatever you found most interesting in each section.
Here is the schedule:
Aug. 1-15: Prologue – Chapter 6; discussion on Fri., Aug. 5
Aug. 6-12: Chapters 7-15; discussion on Fri., Aug. 12
Aug. 13-19: Chapters 16-24; discussion on Fri., Aug. 19
Aug. 20-26: Chapters 25-31; discussion/final thoughts on Fri., Aug. 26