Synopses & Reviews
"In a prepublication blurb about this novel, Publisher's Weekly observed: 'Imagine a collaboration between Shelby Foote and Margaret Mitchell and you get some idea of ...this fine literary novel.' PW was not exaggerating in the slightest. Jacob's Ladder is, in the judgment of this reviewer, the finest novel about the Civil War ever written. It is exactly what its subtitle says it is 'a story of Virginia during the war.' It begins at the time of John Brown's raid and it goes to Appomattox, and it leaves very little out about that bloody, brutal conflict. Its characters are as diverse as they are all too human. Jacob's Ladder is a better novel than Cold Mountain. It makes Gone With the Wind look like the soap opera it really is in the last analysis. And compared to it, Mary Johnston's The Long Roll and Cease Firing seem as much out of date as silent movies. McCaig has produced a masterpiece which deserves a wide readership." Reviewed by Andrew Witmer, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)
Lauded by the "Virginia Quarterly" as "the best Civil War novel ever written, " "Jacob's Ladder" resonates with all the bitter glory and deep human shame of America's greatest war.