Rosetta doesn't want her new husband, Jeremiah, to enlist, but he joins up, hoping to make enough money that they'll be able to afford their own farm someday. Though she's always worked by her father's side as the son he never had, now that Rosetta is a wife she's told her place is inside with the other women. But Rosetta decides her true place is with Jeremiah, no matter what that means, and to be with him she cuts off her hair and signs up as a Union soldier. Inspired by more than two hundred documented accounts of the women who fought in the Civil War, I Shall Be Near to You is the intimate story, in Rosetta's powerful and gorgeous voice, of the drama of marriage, one woman's amazing exploits, and the tender love story that can unfold when two partners face life's challenges side by side.
Erin Lindsay McCabe studied Literature at University of California, Santa Cruz, and taught high school English before completing her MFA at St. Mary's College of California in 2010. She has taught Composition at St. Mary's and Butte College and resides in Northern California with her husband and son and a small menagerie that includes one dog, four cats, two horses, ten chickens, and two goats.
Six months before her execution date, Noa is visited on Pennsylvania's
death row by high-powered attorney Marlene Dixon, who initiates a
clemency petition on her behalf. Marlene also happens to be the mother
of Noa's victim, Sarah, and ten years earlier, she helped cement Noa's
fate on the witness stand. What unfolds is the haunting account of Noa
P. Singleton, an insular, acerbic thirty-five-year-old woman who agrees
to entertain this last-minute appeal because Marlene has unexpectedly
reversed her belief in the death penalty. The Execution of Noa P. Singleton is a character-driven story about two women whose lives are inextricably
linked through the law, through shared sentiments of guilt, and through
irreversible mistakes, Noa and Marlene's motivations become increasingly
nebulous, and in the end they must accept that they are both, in fact, a
blurred spectrum of good and evil.
Elizabeth L. Silver grew up in New Orleans and Dallas and currently lives in Los Angeles. She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia in England, and a JD from Temple University Beasley School of Law. She has taught ESL in Costa Rica, writing and literature at several universities in Philadelphia, and worked as a research attorney for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
An extraordinary novel about a strong-willed woman who disguises herself as a man in order to fight beside her husband in the Civil War.
An unforgettable and unpredictable debut novel of guilt, punishment, and the stories we tell ourselves to survive