Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles
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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.


About Paulette Jiles

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An acclaimed poet, Paulette Jiles is the author of Cousins, a memoir, and the bestselling novels Enemy Women and Stormy Weather. She lives on a small ranch west of San Antonio, Texas.
Published March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 336 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction, War, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Adair Colley is 18 in the third year of the war when the Union militia, made up of the dregs of the St. Louis waterfront, comes to the Colley family’s farm and assaults their father, a judge and scholar who has refused to take sides in the war, and takes him away after stealing food and horses an...

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For Adair Randolph Colley, at 18 the eldest daughter of a widowed Missouri Ozarks schoolmaster and justice of the peace, the Civil War becomes personal when her father, who has remained neutral in the conflict, is arrested by the Union militia, their home is nearly burned and their possessions st...

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Read an Excerpt "During the spring and summer of 1863, various federal commanders instituted a policy of arresting women and teenage girls...who were suspected of aiding guerillas...they were confined...in Kansas City, Missouri."

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Austin Chronicle

About halfway through Paulette Jiles' haunting Civil War-era feminist epic, Enemy Women, I pulled out an old Rand McNally Atlas and flipped to the state of Missouri.

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