The Resource Nostalgia, Dennis McFarland

Nostalgia, Dennis McFarland

Label
Nostalgia
Title
Nostalgia
Statement of responsibility
Dennis McFarland
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In the winter of 1864, Summerfield Hayes, a pitcher for the famous Eckford Club, enlists in the Union army, leaving his sister, a schoolteacher, devastated and alone in their Brooklyn home. The siblings, who have lost both their parents, are unusually attached, and Hayes fears his untoward secret feelings for his sister. This rich backstory is intercut with scenes of his soul-altering hours on the march and at the front--the slaughter of barely grown young men who only days before whooped it up with him in a regimental ball game; his temporary deafness and disorientation after a shell blast; his fevered attempt to find safe haven after he has been deserted by his own comrades--and, later, in a Washington military hospital, where he finds himself mute and unable even to write his name. In this twilit realm, among the people he encounters--including a compassionate drug-addicted amputee, the ward matron who only appears to be his enemy, and the captain who is convinced that Hayes is faking his illness--is a gray-bearded eccentric who visits the ward daily and becomes Hayes's strongest advocate: Walt Whitman. This timeless story, whose outcome hinges on friendships forged in crisis, reminds us that the injuries of war are manifold, and the healing goodness in the human soul runs deep and strong
Summary
Leaving his schoolteacher sister and his baseball career to serve in the Civil War, young Summerfield Hayes struggles with secret feelings for his sister throughout grueling battlefield experiences and while seeking shelter and a sense of identity after being abandoned by his comrades
Tone
Writing style
Award
Michael Shaara Prize for Excellence in Civil War Fiction, 2014.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10217045
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McFarland, Dennis
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Soldiers
  • Disabled veterans
  • War stories
  • United States
Target audience
adult
Label
Nostalgia, Dennis McFarland
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
322 pages
Isbn
9780307908346
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780307908346
Label
Nostalgia, Dennis McFarland
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
322 pages
Isbn
9780307908346
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780307908346

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