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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (786 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Hicks Narrator: Sherman Howard, Isabel Keating, Kevin T. Collins Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Set in New Orleans in the years after the Civil War, A Separate Country is based on the incredible life of John Bell Hood, arguably one of the most controversial generals of the Confederate Army, and one of its most tragic figures. Robert E. Lee promoted him to major general after the Battle of Antietam, but the Civil War would mark him forever. At Gettysburg, he lost the use of his left arm. At the Battle of Chickamauga, his right leg was amputated. Starting fresh after the war, he married Anna Marie Hennen and fathered eleven children with her, including three sets of twins. But fate had other plans. Crippled by his war wounds and defeat, ravaged by financial misfortune, Hood had one last foe to battle: yellow fever.

A Separate Country is the heartrending story of a good man who struggled with his inability to admit his failures, and the story of those who transformed him when they taught him to love and to be loved.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hicks’ stunning narrative volleys between Hood, Anna Marie and Eli, each offering variety and texture to a story saturated in Southern gallantry and rich American history.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Outstanding narration by Sherman Howard and Kevin Collins depicts Hood’s diary entries, and Isabel Keating’s textured narration brings Anna Marie’s letters to life. The narrators capture Hood’s devastation when he’s ravaged by financial misfortune. When he falls fatally ill with yellow fever, he makes a strange request to Eli Griffin, a friend turned hit man, to publish his secret memoirs. Listeners won’t be disappointed in this chilling story filled with complicated twists and turns.” 


  • “Hicks spins a taut tale, told in many voices, of tangled webs, vengeance and other unfinished business.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Hicks again draws upon real lives and the South’s traumatic past to create a powerful epic about how love and unselfish choices lead to personal transformations…Most compellingly, as we revisit key scenes from new angles, Hicks uncovers layers of detail about characters and events we naively thought we understood. A marvelous accomplishment.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tom | 2/17/2014

    " Great read. Robert Hicks is a great storyteller, mixing history and personal stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Barnett | 2/12/2014

    " I did not enjoy reading the book, but I struggled through hoping it would improve. It really didn't. I can't say that I'd recommend it to anyone, unless you are really into books about 19th century New Orleans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/3/2014

    " I must admit I skimmed through portions of this book. I found I just couldn't care enough about the characters. The killing and brief war descriptions were so brutal I had a hard time with them, no matter how true to life they may be. Plus it was over 400 pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chrismcginn | 1/26/2014

    " Post Civil War-follows a side character from Widow of the South. I like Hicks' storytelling style. Story ok. "

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