In the spring of 1861, a country once united is fractured by war. Half of America chooses to fight for the Confederate cause; the other, for unification. In north Alabama, the majority favors remaining in the Union, but when the state secedes, many come to her defense. Such is the case with Hiram Summers, a farmer and father of three. He decides to enlist, and his son, David, also desires to go, but is instead obligated to stay behind.
Hiram travels to Virginia with the Fourth Alabama Infantry Regiment. Although he doesn’t intentionally seek out adventure, he is quickly and inevitably thrust into combat. In the meantime, David searches for adventure at home by traipsing to Huntsville with his best friend, Jake Kimball, to scrutinize invading Yankees. Their escapade turns sour when they discover the true meaning of war, and after two years of service, Hiram sees enough tragedy to last a lifetime.
A Beautiful Glittering Lie addresses the naivety of a young country torn by irreparable conflict, a father who feels he must defend his home, and a young man who longs for adventure, regardless of the perilous cost.
A horse nickered from the street, distracting David. His gaze meandered over the crowd of a few hundred. Although it was a Monday, most were dressed in their Sunday finery, complete with hats, shawls, topcoats, and hooped skirts. Some had their children in tow. People, both black and white, stood in awe of the newly elected official, and David wondered if they had the same thing on their minds as he did. Where is this man leading us?
“There should be a well-instructed and disciplined army,” Davis continued, “more numerous than would usually be required on a peace establishment …”
Jake and David threw awestruck glances at each other from under their slouch hats.
“It’s jist as I thought,” Bud whispered ominously.
Hiram gave him a doubtful look.
“I also suggest that, for the protection of our harbors and commerce on the high seas, a navy adapted to those objects will be required,” said Davis.READ MORE
“Well, I’m jinin’ the navy, then,” Jake proclaimed.
“I’m fixin’ to jine the army,” added David.
They both snickered at each other and were unable to stop. Afraid that their laughter would spark an outrage, David covered his mouth with his hand, trying to suppress the urge.
“Shhh!” Jenny’s stare bore into them, making their snickers cease.
Hiram leaned in close to his son. “You two young’uns need to keep it down,” he growled.COLLAPSE
- Writers Digest wrote:
Drawing on her heritage to tell the tale, Hawkins presents an insightful and riveting read of a family at war. "A Beautiful Glittering Lie" is a strong pick for historical fiction collections.
This is a very good book! From first to last, it was exciting and thoughtful, raising important questions about the effect of war not just on the nation but on regular people.
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