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The Matriarch of Ruins: A Novel of Civilians and the Wounded at Gettysburg (The Gettysburg Trilogy) (Volume 2) Paperback – September 7, 2015
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Edison McDaniels's writing is informed by medicine and the supernatural. His work received honorable mention in the seventeenth edition of The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and has been published in Paradox Magazine, The Summerset Review, The Armchair Aesthete, On The Premises Magazine, and others. McDaniels, a graduate of Stanford University, is board certified in adult and pediatric neurosurgery, with over 7,000 operations to his credit. The Matriarch of Ruins follows the first volume in the Gettysburg Trilogy, Not One Among Them Whole (2014).
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The Matriarch of Ruins is a vivid novel set in the period immediately following the Civil War. This is the captivating story of Purdy, a strong and resourceful woman who tirelessly tends to her husband as he suffers a slow death from wounds inflicted at the battle of Fredricksburg. She thereafter returns to the seemingly impossible task of saving what remains of her devastated family. Her beloved home,the home her husband built with his own two hands, is invaded by Rebels who turn it into a field hospital, bringing with them the horrors of damaged humanity. She must watch as her home is violated and the very lives of her family threatened.
McDaniels is a master of imagery whose poetic descriptions transport the reader to this time of continued turmoil. You will be captivated immediately as you are immersed into this story. If you loved the first book in this series, Not One Among Them Whole, you will be delighted with this five star sequel. I am starving for the next book!
Rebecca Barrett-Tuck M.D.
When Confederates force themselves upon the Gamble homestead there is nothing but loathing and hatred towards the wounded and a stalwart surgeon, Dr. Brody. Despite the losses, both physical and mental that plague the family, humanity gets the better of everyone. Beneath the labels of north and south, Union and Confederate, the characters are simply snarled in a war that blinds one side against the other until they begin to speak to one another.
Book 2 in this trilogy is still as raw as the first, with a return to the bloody nightmare that surgeons could not escape. However, this takes a closer look into one family's personal story and the impact war has on them.