Synopses & Reviews
As the War for Independence wore on into the 1780s, unrest ruled the Carolinas. Settlers who had cleared the land after the Cherokees withdrew were being mustered for battle as British forces pillaged their hard-won farms. Robert Morgan's stunning novel tells a story of two people caught in the chaos raging in the wilderness.
After sixteen-year-old Josie Summers murders her abusive stepfather, she runs away from home disguised as a boy. Lost in the woods, she accepts a young preacher's invitation to assist in his itinerant ministry. Eventually her identity is revealed and affection grows between the two. But when the preacher is kidnapped by British soldiers, Josie disguises herself once again and joins the militia in a desperate attempt to find him.
Brave Enemies is a page-turning story of people brought together by chance and torn apart by war—a story of enduring love and of the struggle to build a homeland.
"With a plot that tears through the Carolina underbrush like a spooked rabbit, Morgan's novel of the American Revolution traces the gender-switching drama of Josie Summers, a pioneer girl raised in the same hardscrabble landscape of his 1999 bestseller, Gap Creek."—Entertainment Weekly Entertainment Weekly
"With tremendous narrative pace, a meticulous eye for colorful detail, and a tight grasp of historical setting and military action, poet and novelist Morgan delivers a rousing and affecting tale of the American Rrevolution. [A] gripping story of love and desperation."—Publishers Weekly, starred Publishers Weekly
"Readers of Morgan's Brave Enemies . . . are unlikely ever to take their eyes off the page—or even take a breath."—The Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor
"At their finest, his stripped-down and almost primitive sentences burn with the raw, lonesome pathos of Hank Williams' best songs.
—New York Times Book Review New York Times Book Review
As the War for Independence wears on into the 1780s, unrest rules the Carolinas. Morgans stunning novel tells a story of two people caught in the chaos raging in the wilderness.
Brave Enemies is the story of two people brought together by chance and torn apart by war—a tale of enduring love set against the struggle to build a homeland in a new age of freedom.
About the Author
Robert Morgan was raised on his family's farm in the North Carolina mountains. The author of eleven books of poetry and eight books of fiction, including the bestselling novel Gap Creek. Winner of a 2007 Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature, he lives in Ithaca, New York, where he teaches at Cornell University.