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From The CriticsBased loosely on actual events, this sprawling and ambitious novel by the author of Rich in Love takes us into the South during the last days of the Civil War. As fighting elsewhere throughout the country winds down, tensions in Robeson County on North Carolina's Lumbee River have reached fever pitch. In this hybrid community, Scots and Lumbee Indians have lived side by side for generations, making their living farming or working in the local turpentine distilleries. But with Union invasion imminent, ancient resentments have resurfaced, and the county finds itself ravaged by a miniature civil war of its own. At the center of Humphreys' story is sixteen-year-old Rhoda Strong, on the brink of womanhood and desperate to find love and normalcy. Told from Rhoda's point of view as she looks back thirty years later, the story unfolds in a series of vivid episodes. This is a rich and compelling portrait of the ways war can infiltrate the most intimate parts of our lives.