Here’s the find of the season during this 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. If you’re interested in the devastating color of battles like Ft. Donelson and Shiloh and the sieges of Atlanta and Petersburg, or if you wonder what life was really like on the home front for the families of Grant’s soldiers, or if you simply like a good story that’s told with vividness and insight, there’s a new novel you won’t want to miss.
Suite Harmonic: A Civil War Novel of Rediscovery, written by award-winning author Emily Meier and published by Sky Spinner Press, is the rare Civil War novel that prizes accuracy. Shaped from a wealth of national and local documents that include personal letters, it tells the story of a young Irish immigrant who, having abandoned his studies for the priesthood, arrives in New Harmony, Indiana in the afterglow of its utopian experiment and soon finds himself both in love with the town’s most alluring woman and immersed in war.
The extra intrigue for readers may be that the Irishman, John Given, was not only an actual person living the real experience of war, but that everyone in his story was also real. While immersed in the book’s teeming world, you might bump into someone you know.