It seems to me that Kathy Hepinstall weaves a complex Civil War Era story with strands from several characters' lives and does it fairly seamlessly, with an economy of words. It is a short book. Yet the narrative is rich and the landscapes, internal and external, are finely drawn. This book was a surprise and is one that won't leave me for a while. Without even the slightest whiff of preachiness, the book examines social justice, mental health, women's rights, PTSD...along with a few others and it works perfectly. Astonishing. Highly recommend.