- Mary Buck
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Rhett Butler's People by Donald McCaig: "Through Rhett's eyes we meet the people who shaped his larger than life personality as it sprang from Margaret Mitchell's unforgettable pages: Langston Butler, Rhett's unyielding father; Rosemary his steadfast sister; Tunis Bonneau, Rhett's best friend and a onetime slave; Belle Watling, the woman for whom Rhett cared long before he met Scarlett O'Hara at Twelve Oaks Plantation, on the fateful eve of the Civil War. Of course there is Scarlett. Katie Scarlett O'Hara, the headstrong, passionate woman whose life is inextricably entwined with Rhett's: more like him than she cares to admit; more in love with him than she'll ever know." (Book summary)
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These titles are works that offer new takes on classic books:
March by Geraldine Brooks
Imagines the Civil War experiences of the father of the "Little Women" family.
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
Did you ever wonder what caused Mr. Rochester's wife to go mad? This novel tells her story.
The Wind Done Gone by Alice Randall
Offers another look at the events of "Gone with the Wind" - this time from the viewpoint of one of the slaves.
Here are some historical fiction titles based during the Civil War that might appeal:
Angel Trumpet: A Civil War Mystery by Ann McMillan
"Narcissa Powers, a young white widow, and Judah Daniels, a free Black herbalist, work as nurses tending wounded soldiers, but when a Confederate colonel on leave returns to find his family brutally murdered and surviving servants talking of an avenging angel, Powers and Daniels must investigate."-catalog summary
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
Tells the parallel stories of a woman's experiences coping with the changes the Civil War brings to her genteel world and of the extraordinary journey of her beloved Inman, returning home to her after a near-fatal wound suffered during a battle.
Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles
The Colleys are farmers in the Missouri Ozarks. Although Southerners, the family tries to remain neutral, a fact ignored by the Union militia who confiscate their livestock and arrest their daughter, Adair, on charges of "enemy collaboration." Yet as Adair soon discovers, fate can be a double-edged sword. (Catalog summary)
My Old True Love by Sheila Kay Adams
"Larkin Stanton, orphaned at birth in 1845, is raised by his cousin, Arty Norton. Larkin and Arty's younger brother Hackley grow up surrounded by music and are as close as brothers. Larkin sings before he can talk, and Hackley's fiddle makes all feet want to dance. As they become men, both lose their hearts to pretty, redheaded Mary. But through this complex love and the wrenching destruction of the Civil War, Larkin learns the true meaning of the mournful ballads he has known all his life."-catalog summary
Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All by Allan Gurganus
"Lucy Marsden, is narrowing in on her 100th birthday. She had been married to her husband William More Marsden since she was fifteen. But Willie, a veteran of the Civil War, never recovered from his youthful foray into battle, and more importantly, the loss of his closest friend.
And the stories Lucy has to tell of the war, Willie, her life with him, and the tales she heard from his one-time slave Castalia, call to mind a time and a place, a history and a legacy that is not soon forgotten, and a call to justice that never should be."-catalog summary
Promise & Honor by Kim Murphy
"At the outbreak of the Civil War, Amanda Graham's husband dies a hero's death. Left with no source of income, she smuggles medical supplies for Lt. Col. William Jackson and the Confederacy. Although a rogue, Wil is a man of courage and fiercely loyal to Amanda. Lt. Samuel Prescott, a soldier of honor and former comrade before the war, fights for the Union. As opposing forces move into Virginia, Sam clashes with Wil on more than the battlefield, when both men fall in love with Amanda. Torn by grief and loyalty, Amanda struggles with the harsh reality that her way of life has been altered forever by the growing storm"-summary from the book cover
A Soldier's Book by Joanna Higgins
From Amazon.com: "Ira Cahill Stevens, a Union soldier captured in battle, takes you on a shocking, unnerving tour of life in Andersonville, the infamous Confederate prison."
The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks
"A story based on the true experiences of a Civil War heroine finds Carrie McGavock witnessing the bloodshed of the Battle of Franklin, falling in love with a wounded man, and dedicating her home as a burial site for fallen soldiers."-catalog summary