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**Washington Post Best 50 Books of the Year**
“Walt Whitman, who haunts the pages of this sensitive, ingenious, beautifully written novel, famously said that the real Civil War would ‘never get into the books.’ Nostalgia deftly explores an aspect of war little understood in Whitman’s time or in our own—the invisible wounds combat inflicts upon many of those who somehow manage to survive it.” —Geoffrey C. Ward, coauthor of The Civil War and author of A Disposition to Be Rich
“Emotionally harrowing . . . McFarland manages to find something new to say about a war that could have had everything said about it already . . . A moving account of one soldier’s journey to hell and back, and his struggle to make his own individual peace with the world afterward.”—Publishers Weekly
Praise for Dennis McFarland
“McFarland is a Divine Watchmaker of a novelist.”—Newsweek
“A writer of extraordinary sympathy and compassion that are remarkably free from sentimentality.”—Boston Sunday Globe
“McFarland is heir to the great Southern literary tradition, and his observations, however somber in import or lyrical in delivery, are always laced with a splendid appreciation of life’s absurdities.”—The Wall Street Journal
“McFarland has to be counted one of the brightest hopes for the literate American novel. I don’t think there’s a writer alive who wouldn’t like to have written some of his sentences . . . You want to compare him to Chopin or Mendelssohn more than to any particular writer.”—Hartford Courant
Nostalgia is a beautifully crafted novel, peopled with engaging characters.
Today the term for Nostalgia is used to show memory of a by-gone era, along with a melancholy, where the bad memories are eradicated and the good memories elevated.
The author's writing is good and truthful, yet, I believe he spends too much time on the hospital scenes and book just seemed a little too long.
This is a good book, but it is a committment..This is not the kind of book you can read with on eye on the TV. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Bill Moore
Very interesting book from the point of view of the soldier with PTSD. Not only interesting, but well written. I liked the incorporation of Walt as a character in the story.Published 2 months ago by Pen Name
I felt that it was about my life. I've never read better combat experiences. I felt that I was therePublished 6 months ago by Victor P.
Not as much about civil war and battle; too much psychology.Published 8 months ago by Martha Cantrell
I have a hard time reading anything about war. I find the subject very hard to stomach. This book brings the reader into the battlefields and into the trenches so to speak to fight... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amy Wallace
I've read all of McFarland's novels and have been impressed with his prose as well as his narrative ability. Read morePublished 9 months ago by B. Baiter
I really enjoyed this book--its vivid characters in particular. I would recommend it to anyone interested in the Civil War, Walt Whitman, or early American baseball. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Lukas
A very interesting read spiced up with undertones of nontraditional sexuality involving the protagonist, his sister, and Walt Whitman's circle.Published 11 months ago by steve rowe