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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Hicks Narrator: Becky Ann Baker, David Chandler, Jonathan Davis, Tom Wopat Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2005 ISBN: 9781594832475
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Carnton Plantation, 1894. Carrie McGavock is an old woman who tends the graves of the almost 1,500 soldiers buried there. As she walks among the dead, an elderly man appears—the same soldier she met that fateful day long ago. Today, he asks if the cemetery has room for one more.

Based on an extraordinary true story, this brilliant, meticulously researched novel flashes back to 1864 and the afternoon of the Civil War. While the fierce fighting rages on Carrie’s land, her plantation turns into a Confederate army hospital; four generals lie dead on her back porch; the pile of amputated limbs rises as tall as the smoke house. But when a wounded soldier named Zachariah Cashwell arrives at her house, he awakens feelings she had thought long dead—and inspires a passion as powerful and unforgettable as the war that consumes a nation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It is a wonderful novel about what war does to its participants—not only the soldiers, but the families pulled from the periphery onto the battlefield. Hicks has perfected the art of mixing fact and fiction, and turned the book into a sustained, profound meditation on what it means to live, to love, and to die. Congratulations to Robert Hicks—he has written a moving and magnificent novel.”

    Tracy Chevalier, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Written with lyrical beauty, arresting images, as well as a compelling story line.”


  • “A wonderful read. Blends the historical and the personal with a master stroyteller’s skill.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Mesmerizing…The author gracefully yet forcefully enters the psychology of these various individuals, each one representing a certain side in not only the battle at hand but also in the overarching context of nation rending. And, almost strangely yet certainly beautifully, from all this carnage emerges a love story that transcends time.”

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About the Author
Author Robert Hicks

Robert Hicks works in music publishing and artist management for rock and country acts. He served as a cocurator on the exhibition “Art of Tennessee” and was the coeditor of the exhibitions award-winning catalog of the same name. Working in the field of historic preservation, he has served on the boards of the Tennessee State Museum, the historic Carnton Plantation, the Williamson County Historical Society, and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. He is the author of The Widow of the South and has written many essays and articles on regional history, southern material culture, and music.

About the Narrators

Becky Ann Baker, narrator and actress, has received critics’ praise for her readings of books by such authors as Stephen King, James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell, Iris Johansen, and Karin Slaughter. She has performed in numerous roles on Broadway, starring in Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins. Her many television credits include Girls, Smash, and Nurse Jackie, and her film credits include Spider-Man 3, The Discoverers, and Hope Springs.

David Chandler is an audiobook narrator who has read numerous titles for William Kent Krueger and C. J. Box, among others. He is the winner of two AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Jonathan Davis has received widespread critical acclaim for his narration in a variety of genres. He has won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009, 2011, and 2012, as well as being a finalist for an Audie in 2007, 2013, and three times in 2014. He has also garnered accolades from Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and AudioFile magazine and has earned more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Tom Wopat was born in Lodi, Wisconsin, in 1951. He is an American actor and singer, first achieving fame as Luke Duke in the long-running 1979 television series The Dukes of Hazzard. His audiobook readings include Beyond Suspicion, Dark Watch, and The Crush.