The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks
A Nominee for the Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction. The Widow of the South, written by long-time Carnton Association board member Robert Hicks, centers on the life of Carrie McGavock, the mistress of Carnton before, during and after the Civil War. After the hardcover release in September, 2005, the book rose to #5 and spent eight weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list in the fall of 2005. Now available in paperback. Purchase it online here!
Resounding Acclaim for The Widow of the South
"A wonderful read...Hicks blends the historical and the personal with a master storyteller's skill."
- San Francisco Chronicle
"Hicks has perfected the art of mixing fact and fiction, and turned the book into a sustained, profound meditation on what it means to live, to love, and to die. Congratulations to Robert Hicks - he has written a moving and magnificent novel."
- Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl with a Pearl Earring
"A sensitive account of an era that seems to fascinate readers ceaselessly."
- Entertainment Weekly
"Hicks spins a glorious story about the Civil War heroics of Carrie McGavock, 'the most famous Southern Woman you've never heard of.' What happened during and after a late-war battle in Franklin forms the sweeping basis of this tremendously engaging novel based on actual, if unfamiliar, history. You'll swear you were smelling gunpowder and blood, and you may shed real tears."
- Jeff Guinn, Dallas TX Star-Telegram.
"Engaging...a big, brawling Civil War novel...The characters' voices ring so true."
- Philadelphia Inquirer
"An entertaining and often moving work of fiction...Hicks is a shrewd author who knows and loves what he's writing about, and that gives his book its narrative drive and emotional impact."
- Kansas City Star
"Remarkable...moving...I've been captivated by this haunting story...Hicks has masterfully made the leap from history to fiction."
- Winston- Salem Journal
"An intensely moving and wholly believable novel."
- Historical Novel Society
"Carrie McGavock takes it upon herself to tend after the Confederate wounded; later, she and her husband will rebury 1,500 of the fallen on their property. 'I was not a morbid woman,' Carrie allows, 'but if death wanted to confront me, well, I would not turn my head.' An impressive addition to the library of historical fiction of the Civil War."
- Kirkus Reviews
"When Oscar Wilde toured America in 1882, he demanded to visit 'sunny Tennessee to meet the Widow McGavock, the high priestess of dead boys.' Hicks' debut novel is based on one of the great and forgotten Civil War stories: how Carrie McGavock tended the wounded, then created a private cemetery after the one-day Battle of Franklin in 1864."
- USA Today
"What a wonderful story Robert Hicks has told. It speaks powerfully to us today."
- Anne Rivers Siddons
"The citizens of Cape Girardeau, Missouri have selected The Widow of the South for our fifth annual city-wide literacy focus. Each year a committee reviews many titles as we seek to find a "fit" for our readers who participate in Cape Girardeau: United We Read. The fine writing and compelling story sold us on The Widow of the South."
- Julia Howes Jorgenson, librarian, Cape Central High School, Cape Girardeau. Cape Girardeau Mayor Jay B. Knudtson declared March 3, 2006 "Robert Hicks Day" for his role as leader of Franklin's Charge for battlefield and open space preservation and for his success as the author of The Widow of the South.