Brimming with atmosphere and edgy suspense, The Rebel Wife presents a young widow trying to survive in the violent world of Reconstruction Alabama, where the old gentility masks a continuing war fueled by hatred, treachery, and still-powerful secrets.
Allow me to introduce you to Taylor M. Polites and The Rebel Wife:
In this novel, set in Reconstruction Alabama, Augusta “Gus” Branson is a young widow whose quest for freedom turns into a race for her life when her husband Eli dies of a swift and horrifying fever and a large package of money – her only inheritance and means of survival – goes missing. Gus begins to wake to the realities that surround her: the social stigma her marriage has stained her with, what her husband did to earn his fortune, the shifting and very dangerous political and social landscape that is being destroyed by violence between the Klan and the Freeman’s Bureau, and the deadly fever that is spreading like wildfire. Nothing is as she believed, and everyone she trusts is hiding something from her.
Readers will find tattered fragments of Gone with the Wind, and meet completely subverted versions of the white Southern Gentleman, the good Mammy, the conniving Scalawag, and the defenseless Southern Belle.
Author Taylor M. Polites was born in Huntsville, Alabama, the basis for the town of Albion in this book, and has been researching this novel since he was a teen. He became obsessed with the Southern experience during the Civil War – reading diaries, memoirs, and letters from that time – and ultimately imagined and mapped out the town of Albion, much like William Faulkner created his Yoknapatawpha County.
The publisher, Simon & Schuster, has generously offered THREE copies of The Rebel Wife to be shared with readers of She Is Too Fond of Books. To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below, indicating one novel (or work of nonfiction) set in the South, that you have enjoyed. This post will be open for entries until midnight ET on Thursday, January 26, 2012. Winners will be selected at random; giveaway open to US/Canada mailing addresses only.