Schedule/Sign Up for the August Civil War Read-a-Long: ENEMY WOMEN by Paulette Jiles

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

**If you are interested in reading along with us, please let us know in the comments.  You don’t have to be participating in the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge 2011 to join us!**


  1. Count me in! I’ve been slacking on the civil war books so far (although watching a lot of documentaries). I can’t wait to read this one.

  2. Don’t feel bad! I’ve only read 1 for the challenge so far. I hope you enjoy the book!

  3. I’ll be participating naturally.

  4. Count me in too – in fact, I started the book a couple of days ago.

  5. Glad you’ll be joining us, Cheryl!

  6. Count me in. Picking up my copy from the library today!

  7. I’m in. Looking forward to the discussion.

  8. Glad you’ll be joining us, Linda and warmoviebuff!

    **If anyone during the course of reading the book wants to pose some questions of their own, please do so!!**

  9. I’ m in.

  10. Great! Thanks, Irene!

  11. I’m in! Thanks for the copy that I won and all of the other books. It was like Christmas! This one sounds great and I should be starting it today.

  12. You’re very welcome, Shelley! Hope you enjoy them all.

  13. […] on the book every Friday this month on War Through the Generations beginning August 5.  Click here to view the complete […]

  14. I’m so glad all the books arrived, Shelley.

  15. I may have to play a little catch-up, but I would like to join y’all on this one as well! 🙂

  16. Hi emmegail! We’d love to have you join us!

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