Everybody's handful of the most distinguished contemporary Appalachian writers includes Robert Morgan. His personal story is equally compelling. Raised on a small Henderson County farm in the North Carolina mountains, his parents did not own a car, and when the bookmobile began stopped at a church within walking distance, his life was transformed, and now he is a professor at Cornell. His awards - too numerous to mention - include the Academy Award in Literature given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. This novel makes the life in the Carolinas at the time of the Revolutionary War come alive and features a memorable female character. "One of the rarest of Robert Morgan's many gifts iis hisability to embody the minds and voices of strong women. In Brave Enemies, he brings us Josie Summers, a young woman of rich feeling who is orced to assume male identity. Her character is Morgan's richest yet, and her story is steadily compelling." - Reynolds Price.
Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books, 2003. 309 pages. Hardback in dust jacket.