Laird Hunt is a brilliant American literary stylist in his newest Little Brown publication of Neverhome, a powerful historical novel about a married woman who decided to disguise herself as a man and sign up to fight in the Civil War. Filled with surprises from the opening sentence, Hunt delivers one of the most evocative stories about a young woman's love and loss, duty and deceit.

Even though women were not legally allowed to fight in the Civil War, there were about 400 women who disguised themselves as men and went to war fighting side by side with soldiers on the bloody battlefields.

In Neverhome, Hunt gives us some of the best literary fiction ever written. His central character, Ash, is given a voice and personality that deeply touches our humanity and who tells us a story that is astonishing! I caught up with Laird Hunt on-air recently.