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By Shelley Fraser Mickle

Eliza Goode is born right into a New Orleans’ parlor residence within the mid 1800s. offered as a courtesan on her 17th birthday, she flees her prepared destiny on the outbreak of the Civil warfare. She is handed up via Mississippi’s plantations from one slave quarters to a different till she emerges on the Confederates’ Camp Corinth and is swept alongside to the conflict of Manassas.

alongside the best way, she meets Bennett McFerrin and his spouse, Rissa, who follows her husband to conflict. utilizing guile and her impressive attractiveness, Eliza transforms herself from camp follower prostitute to laundress, nurse, and caregiver to Rissa whilst Bennett is taken prisoner via Ulysses S. provide on the conflict of citadel Donelson in Clarksville, Tennessee. Her ultimate transformation frees her from her past.

Eliza’s tale is greater than a story of struggle, transcendence, and trouble. it's a tale informed nowa days via Susan Masters, a novelist in Boston, whose cousin, Hadley, reveals Eliza’s letters in an attic and implores Susan to put in writing Eliza’s tale to reply to questions she seeks for her personal lifestyles. Hadley has a shameful mystery of her own—a prior, approximately which she can't even carry herself to speak.

Set within the moment summer season of the Iraq conflict and 3 years after Sep 11, this isn't your ordinary Civil struggle novel. This tale says a lot approximately how we grew to become who we're, and who we would became, had the Civil conflict no longer stored us as a nation.

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For the next few minutes, I did, giving in detail my meeting with Hadley and what I had noticed about her. He rubbed his right eyebrow, an unconscious habit. ” “Well, you are an expert on cancer. You’ve pretty much seen it all. And I’m assuming the worst. Very serious, at least. ” “Fever and a cough—could be any number of things: emphysema, lymphoma, a lung infection, even depression. Something as benign as acid reflux can cause a hacking cough. Also, just what she said: that she is fine, that it is only a summer cold.

How nice to hear from you. ” “I remember now. I last saw you at your mother’s funeral. ” I laughed. ” A few more exchanges and then, “Mrs. Masters, Hadley was up here recently at a meeting, and we spent some time together. 32 The Occupation of Eliza Goode But I haven’t been able to reach her since. Even her home number doesn’t pick up. ” The tone of her Mississippi softness changed. ” “Frankly, I don’t give a rat’s behind if I ever do. Pardon my French, but Hadley has disappointed me beyond forgiveness.

Be accepted into the city’s social life? Ha! I don’t think so, Eliza. ” This last he singsongs, and his voice is comically tuneless. She trips Ned at the watering trough and pushes him in. ” She whisper-yells: “Send word to Quashi, now. ” Delia comes to the kitchen door, reading all the code words of what Eliza is saying. She looks up. Ned is climbing out of the trough, shaking himself like a dog, pretending to not care. Eliza runs into the kitchen, where she can whisper closely to Delia: “He wasn’t killed.

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