Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All

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Ballantine Books, 1990 - Fiction - 875 pages
9 Reviews
"Exuberant...Unforgettable."
THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Lucy Marsden, is narrowing in on her 100th birthday. She had been married to her husband William More Marsden since she was fifteen. But Willie, a veteran of the Civil War, never recovered from his youthful foray into battle, and more importantly, the loss of his closest friend. And the stories Lucy has to tell of the war, Willie, her life with him, and the tales she heard from his one-time slave Castalia, call to mind a time and a place, a history and a legacy that is not soon forgotten, and a call to justice that never should be.
"An old-fashioned book-lover's novel."
CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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User Review  - librisissimo - LibraryThing

Gave up around p. 20. Substance: First-person pseudo-memoir cum interview of nonagenarian widow of last living Confederate veteran (having married the 50+ bachelor at age 15). Gurganus tries to emulate a crusty, humorous old woman, but I didn't feel persuaded. Read full review

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User Review  - BobNolin - LibraryThing

As others have noted, the book is great up until about page 300. And then it sort of swerves off the road. I lost interest. Read full review

Contents

Fight Song
3
After Appomattox
21
The Tailor and the Leg
68
Copyright

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About the author (1990)

Allan Gurganus's The Practical Heart (0-679-43763-0) will be published by Knopf in August 2001. He lives in North Carolina.


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