A Separate Country: A Story of Redemption in the Aftermath of the Civil War

A Separate Country: A Story of Redemption in the Aftermath of the Civil War

by Robert Hicks
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A Separate Country: A Story of Redemption in the Aftermath of the Civil War by Robert Hicks

Set in New Orleans in the years after the Civil War, A Separate Country is based on the incredible life of John Bell Hood, arguably one of the most controversial generals of the Confederate Army—and one of its most tragic figures. Robert E. Lee promoted him to major general after the Battle of Antietam. But the Civil War would mark him forever. At Gettysburg, he lost the use of his left arm. At the Battle of Chickamauga, his right leg was amputated. Starting fresh after the war, he married Anna Marie Hennen and fathered 11 children with her, including three sets of twins. But fate had other plans. Crippled by his war wounds and defeat, ravaged by financial misfortune, Hood had one last foe to battle: Yellow Fever. A Separate Country is the heartrending story of a decent and good man who struggled with his inability to admit his failures-and the story of those who taught him to love, and to be loved, and transformed him.

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ISBN-13: 9780446581653
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 03/10/2011
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 217,454
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Robert Hicks has been active in the music industry in Nashville for twenty years as both a music publisher and artist manager. The driving force behind the perservation and restoration of the historic Carnton plantation in Tennessee, he stumbled upon the extraordinary role that Carrie McGavock played during and after the Battle of Franklin. He is the author of The Widow of the South.


Franklin, Tennessee

Date of Birth:

January 30, 1951

Place of Birth:

West Palm Beach, Forida

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Separate Country 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
FallenAngel More than 1 year ago
I read the previous book A Widow Of The South and loved it.I read A Separate Country and fell back in love. This is a story of the South,post Civil War.The characters tell the reader of how life in New Orleans was during the days following the War and through plagues and how the racial issues continued. This is a love story between a beautiful Creole girl and a disabled,war ravaged General.It's told in various perspectives.If you are a fan of historical romance or the old South,you should read A Widow Of The South and A Separate Country.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
Eli Griffin has been given a special task by General Hood. A task that will take him deep into the Hood family's history and open a whole can full of mysteries and intrigue. General Hood and his wife, Anna Marie, have both written their histories down and we follow their tale as Eli reads through it, with the occassional jump back to the "present" as we see the effects their stories have on the man. General Hood is not a good man and has done things that lead to the deaths of many people. This is his story and how he comes to terms with his past and tries to make up for what he has done. While I did not like General Hood in the beginning, he seemed to be a callous and cruel man, by the end he had earned, at least, my respect. Respect for accepting the consequences of his actions and learning from them. Respect for trying to change his life. I'm a little at a loss as to what to think of Anna Marie. I had a very hard time relating to her as a woman, mother, or wife. She seemed to be constantly trying to overcome something within herself, something similar to selfishness, that she could never quite master. This seemed to hang over her head too often to allow me as a reader to get too close. Eli Griffin, the main narrator, was an odd man, and I'm still not quite sure what to think of him. He changes and grows in ways that are surprisingly familiar, but I can't seem to put my finger on why. I enjoyed reading the book, but there were times I had to put it down, especially near the beginning, because the scenes were a quite disturbing. They were there for a purpose, and the book wouldn't have been the same without them, though. 4/5
StacieRosePittard More than 1 year ago
I thought this book would be informative and interesting. Instead it was slow and vulgar. The author carried on about pointless information. I have never actually fallen asleep from boredom while reading...until this book.  I say it's vulgar because it seemed every chapter had something about the two main character's sex life...to the point of where it was extremely unrealistic. For example, for a good chunk of the book the story is being told from a mother's perspective in a letter to her daughter. What sane mother would include such heavy details about her sex life? it was disgusting, and a sad piece of historical fiction (as if it had much history in it at all...). 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love reading books about the old south. However this book I gave up on I thought it was rather confusing. I was really disappointed.
sandiek More than 1 year ago
In A Separate Country, Robert Hicks takes the reader to post-Civil War New Orleans. The book follows the life of General John Hood and his family in this period. General Hood came to New Orleans as a feared and respected man, a Confederate general who led forces and unleashed chaos upon the land. After the war, he flounders trying to find what his new life will be. Grievously injured with one leg missing and one arm that won't work, he isn't sure he even knows how to fit into society when he isn't needed to lead men to war. He finds his purpose when he meets and marries Anna Marie Hennen, a famous New Orleans society beauty. Hood and Anna Marie have eleven children. Hood introduces the reader to the intricacies of Southern society. There are cotton brokers, lotteries, freed slaves now attempting to make a living, and men in societies formed for the sole purpose of refusing African-Americans their rights. There are many orphans who also claw and fight for a chance at a new life once their family ties have been cut asunder by war. There are men that learn to fit in, and those who are so damaged by the war that they never find redemption. This book is highly recommended for lovers of historical fiction. It is rife with complex characters. There is Rintrah and Pascale, orphans who run away from the orphanage and carve out lives for themselves. Pascale has both black and white heritage and sometimes passes as a white man, a scheme for which he pays dearly. Rintrah is a dwarf who fights and schemes until he controls much of the underworld of the city. Father Mike is a priest who isn't priestly, except when the yellow fever plague arrives. He recruits all these characters along with John Hood to fight the plague and try to save the poor people of the city who are it's first and most severely affected victims. Hicks has created a city where the reader feels they could walk down the streets and encounter people they know. The characters are intricate and Hicks outlines the various relationships that tie them together. He explores what it means to be a man at war, and a man who seeks redemption. This is an extremely satisfying book, and readers won't be disappointed.
Deb_in_FW More than 1 year ago
I read Robert Hicks other Civil War Book "Widow of the South" and enjoyed it so much that purchasing this book was a no brainer. And....I wasn't disappointed. I like how you slowly learn the personality of each character in the book and Mr. Hicks write so vividly that I could just picture New Orleans so long ago. I also enjoy that he writes about strong women! Great book and would highly recommend it.
PenelopeSue More than 1 year ago
so well written, couldn't put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow and boring. Very pointless and hardly any likeable characters. One star for use of New Orleans as a character.
WritermomHB More than 1 year ago
A work of historical fiction, Robert Hicks wrote A Separate Country from the perspective of his purported main characters. Each chapter speaks from a different character. However, General John Bell Hood was a real person. This story tells of his life after the war, living in New Orleans with his wife and children. The problem is: how much is the reader supposed to believe? I am not an expert on General Hood, so I don’t know. Hood died in the yellow fever epidemic that decimated New Orleans, but how much else of this story is true? Hicks would have done better to write a biography, rather than attempt a novel with fictional content about a real person in a real place.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Hicks once again brings us a story that is aching to read and eye opening to comprehend. John Hood was deeply scarred from the war and  very flawed as he goes through all of the hell the aftermath of the war brings forth for New Orleans.  Mr. Hicks writing has come along from his first book, and the story is relevant for how we are shaped today.  Really opened my eyes to the issues of the south in a way I had not previously encountered.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Different view of a hero of the Confederacy.
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southern_girlTN More than 1 year ago
If you like stories about the south, it's good. A little slow.
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Amanda Carter More than 1 year ago
It's a must read! I couldn't put this book down. I wish to read more like this.
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