Tuesday, July 4, 2017

General Sherman Sacks Columbia, South Carolina, 1865

We're on schedule for an October 15, 2017 Book Launch (reading, Q&A, sale & signing) at Snead State Community College in Boaz, Alabama, 2:00-4:00 PM! My reviewers received Advanced Copies of Trapped in the Crossfire, and their reviews are coming in. Below is my favorite:  
"The value crafted into Trapped in the Crossfire exists in the overlay of characters Sherrer has achieved, a veritable biography of a family, civilians, and Civil War Confederate soldiers. An entire war washed over them like a repulsive, bloody, persistent tsunami, over homes, towns, villages, through yards, swings, schools, barns and churches… and lives. Sherrer speaks, unapologetically, of these lives. Library of Congress gives of photographs of Richmond in ruins, Charleston and Atlanta where crazed, empty windows look onto shambles. There are no photographs of the debris which razed joy left behind. It takes a writer, not a photographer, to document emotions. Beyond the plot— a family surviving— is what in blazes happened in the South, to the people a war roared over.

"With Trapped in the Crossfire, Sherrer brings us more than a book about the Civil War or battles, far more than the usual fluff on belles and cavaliers. It’s an unexpectedly dense, multi-layered, complex novel with three main characters: a family, an entire war, the South at war. Inextricably interwoven therein is one hero, the family. The war, as are all wars, is the villain. This is a much avoided topic, civilian hardship in the South as a result of war, a mystifyingly untouchable topic. Trapped in the Crossfire reveals a South not frequently seen, and a family moves through this stage.

 "Trapped in the Crossfire is a valuable book. Beautifully researched, in places as detailed as a photograph, fascinating in parts with carefully culled, historically accurate events, Sherrer does not overload the reader nor distract from the story with irrelevancies. The value of the book is where sheer volume of historical content overlays the stories— laid down like colorful tiles in America’s history— a narrative not frequently heard. That much of the story follows a genuine family through well-known events makes it less an historical novel, and more an enthralling drama."

 — Civil War Talk Forum Host, Colonel Annie Lane, Halifax, Pennsylvania