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  • Title: Jarrettsville
  • Author: Cornelia Nixon
  • ISBN: 9781582435121
  • Page: 431
  • Format: Paperback

  • Based on a true story from the author s family history, Jarrettsville begins in 1869, amid chaos and confusion in the moments following Martha Jane Cairnes s murder of her fiance in front of 50 witnesses and former Union militia members.
    Cornelia Nixon
    Cornelia Nixon has written three novels, Jarrettsville, Now You See It and Angels Go Naked, as well as a book of literary criticism She has published stories in numerous publications, and has won two O Henry Awards, two Pushcart Prizes, a Nelson Algren Prize, and the Carl Sandburg Award for Fiction She lives in Berkeley, California.


    Commentaires:

    Tara Chevrestt
    Fabulous novel! I couldn't put it down. There is history, war, romance, and even a mystery in a way. The setting is the the very end of the American Civil War when North and South are still dealing with their hatred of each other and a country is torn apart by different ideas and beliefs. Tho the war is officially over, in a small town called Jarrettsville, emotions are still running high. I loved the history in this book. Very rarely do books go into much detail about the aftermath of a war. Th [...]

    Sterlingcindysu
    Miss Otis regrets she's unable to lunch today, madam.And she's sorry to be delayed,but last evening down at lover's laneshe strayed, madam.Miss Otis regrets she's unable to lunch today.When she woke up and foundthat her dream of love was gone, madam,she ran to the manwho had lead her so far astray.And from under her velvet gownshe drew a gun and shot her lover down, madam.Miss Otis regrets she's unable to lunch today.When the mob came and got herand dragged her from the jail, madam,they strung h [...]

    Lois
    We've heard of the Hatfields and McCoys but here is another story of a small, divided, border state community dealing with competing sympathies post Civil War. As reviewer Paula M put it: "Jarrettsville" explores the explosive sentiments on both sides of war-torn Maryland and the division brought to that part of the country by the Union victory and the murder of Abraham Lincoln. The McComas and Cairnes family farms are both run by brothers who struggle to support their sisters and mothers after [...]

    Sue
    I love historical fiction, and I love stories of real women's lives, especially women not well known to history. This book is both, and I would recommend it to any reader who shares these interests. The book is based on the true story of Martha Jane Cairnes, a woman in post-Civil War Maryland who gunned down her lover in front of an entire hotel full of witnesses and yet was found not guilty. This is not a spoiler; the murder is the first scene in the book. The author then envisions the story -- [...]

    Laura
    When you think of Civil War-era novels, you usually think Deep South and just before or during the War (ok, maybe you don't; I do.). Jarrettsville takes place in Maryland, very close to Pennsylvania, in the days immediately following Lee's surrender/Lincoln's murder through four years later.The story is based on real events, real people (the author's ancestors) - one of those "we don't talk about him/her and What Happened" things. I'm glad Ms. Nixon did find out what happened, because the murder [...]

    Serena
    Jarrettsville by Cornelia Nixon begins in 1869, four years after the Confederate surrender and the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, in Jarrettsville, Md just below the Mason-Dixon line. Tensions continue to run high in this town with former Confederate and Union soldiers continue to hold their prejudices and wear them on their faces and express them in their venomous words.With tensions running high, the only possible outcome for a young love between Martha Jane Cairnes, the daughter [...]

    Tattered Cover Book Store
    This book is the second book featured in Tattered Cover's new program of "Very Impressive Books" and has quickly become a staff and community favorite.Cathy L says:Cornelia Nixon's novel begins in 1869 as Martha Jane Cairnes murders Nicholas McComas infront of many witnesses in Jarrettsville, Maryland, a town just below the Mason-Dixon Line and a microcosm of America in the years following the Civil War. This tale of two lovers and why it ends so badly for them is the story of neighbor fighting [...]

    Karen Hogan
    Enjoyed this book based on the author's ancestor who shot her fiancé in front of the whole town. The description of the town of Jarrettsville, MD, and the animosity that existed between neighbors who had fought on different sides of the Civil War gave this reader a good feel for how emotions still ran high, even though the war was over. The various first hand accounts from the witnesses, prisoner, and victim was an excellent way for the author to tell the story. I became especially annoyed duri [...]

    Scott Lupo
    Great historical fiction book that is based on the author's family line. Taking place during Lincoln's assasination near the Mason-Dixon Line, the story captures the essence of living life during those times. It is also a love story but is not overwhelming. Each chapter is written from the point of view of a different character. I could picture every scene as I read through this well-written book.

    Erin
    This is embarrassing. I actively asked my friend to borrow this book from her after reading her glowing review 3 years agod then it took me that long to actually read it. And only because another friend wanted to do a buddy read on it! Thank goodness she finally asked because A) I was able to read it and return it to its rightful owner, and B) I got to experience this book firsthand and it was fantastic!Our public library doesn't have this and it's a dang shame because I was seriously thinking a [...]

    Jennifer Arnold
    A really impressive novelfast-paced but still rich in spot-on period detail, Jarrettsville is the story of why Martha Jane Cairnes shot and killed her fiance Nick McComas in front of 50+ former Union soldiers celebrating the anniversary of Lee's surrender at Appomatox. The first and final sections of the novel take place in 1869 at the time of Nick's murder and Martha's trial, while the middle section takes us back to 1865, and the start of Martha and Nick's relationship. Nixon uses one of my fa [...]

    Paula Margulies
    A fascinating, well-written look at the aftermath of the Civil War. The story (based on actual historical events) begins with the murder, in broad daylight, of Nick McComas, a Union soldier and sheep farmer, by a Rebel farmer's daughter, Martha Jane Cairnes, who was Nick's betrothed. The author, Cornelia Nixon, who is a descendant of Cairnes, takes us back in time, through the events leading up to the killing and the subsequent trial. A stunningly-written novel that explores the explosive sentim [...]

    Jann Barber
    The Jarrettsville Library book club received copies of this book before it was on sale to the public. It was fascinating to read the story of Martha and Nick, and it was helpful to be able to ask questions of the doctoral student who was writing his dissertation on the publication of this book. The author will speak at the library on November 2nd, so I am looking forward to that event! I even went to the cemetery where Nick and Martha are buried and found their gravestones. The format chosen fit [...]

    Amiee Freeman
    The novel starts with the alarming murder of a young man by a woman. It is set in years just after the Civil War in Maryland. From this jarring beginning, we are introduced to Martha Jane Cairns, the murder, and Nick McComas, the victim. The two were engaged to be married, but the marriage had been delayed for a variety of reasons. I thought this would be an easy summer read, and it was engaging. Several difficult topics were broached including racism and ideals of feminine virtue. As the book g [...]

    Jennifer
    There were things I liked about this book. 1) I liked hearing different points of view and 2)I liked Martha Jane's sections--I thought how she interacted and felt about the slaves in their family was really interesting and very emotionally developed. I thought the book was really, really interesting until . . .Nicholas's points-of-view ruined the book for me. I didn't understand why he behaved how he did and he struck me as a paranoid, slightly-mentally-ill character. I think I was supposed to f [...]

    Jeff
    I grew up in Jarrettsville! I remember when they tore down the old Jarrett house when I was very young.I was browsing at B&N when this book caught my eye on a table and I nearly lost my mind. How could there be a book about the tiny town where I was raised that did not have a red-yellow-green traffic light until after I left for college?!! I had to buy it an read it - not expecting anything.But, lo and behold, it held up. Not a great book, but a well=written story dealing with a real family [...]

    Mundi
    This story starts with a bang as a woman named Martha shoots and kills her former lover Nick, and then the rest of the book goes back in time to recount the events that led up to the shooting. I found the first half of this book to be a real page-turner, but in the last half the book lost momentum and much of my interest. The book is told from a number of different viewpoints, the lengthiest sections belonging to the central characters of Martha and Nick, and it was in Nick's section that the st [...]

    Sara
    I was turned on to this book when it became one of our book club selections. The story is written in first person from many different people's perspectives. The backdrop is just after the Civil War ends and the location is just on the border of the North and South. I found the cultural backdrop interesting - even families divided in their loyalties, and the struggles to move ahead with the drastic political, cultural, economic changes of the day. The has story has a woman walking in to a bar and [...]

    Jenny
    I was interested in this book because the main character's brother (G. Richard Cairnes) was among the known associates of John Wilkes Booth and mentioned in Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer. The book was divided into 3 parts: Martha Jane's perspective up to a point, her fiancee's perspective continuing the story, and the trial. I really enjoyed the historical parts, Martha Jane's story, the trial, and the family history link at the end. I could have done without the "male perspecti [...]

    Linda
    This historical fiction is based on the life of real people and events. It is set just after the Civil War in an around Jarrettsville, Maryland in Harford County. The book deals with the events surrounding the death of Nicholas McComas who was killed by his jilted fiance.Though interesting, the author's characterizations of the people was hard to believe. Both seemed truly unable to communicate with the other and this lack of communication lead to murder. It would have been easier to believe had [...]

    Joanne
    Based on a true event at the end of the Civil War in Maryland - Martha Jane Cairne's murder of her lover - this book captures the complexity of post-war life in a state where neighbors - or family members - could be Union- or Confederate-sympathizers. Nixon starts with Cairne's murder of her lover, Nicholas McComas, and then backtracks to fill in the story. Cairnes is so likeable (Nicholas not always so) that despite knowing the outcome, I wanted things to be different for her. Nixon paints a pi [...]

    Heather
    Historical fiction isn't always something I'm drawn to, but this true-story-inspired novel did an excellent job of vividly capturing a specific place and time (near the Mason-Dixon line, just after the end of the Civil War), and of maintaining suspense throughout. That's no small feat given that the book begins with a climactic murder, and then goes back to tell the backstory, finally ending with the aftermath of the crime. Nixon also uses multiple points of view to maximum effect (a technique I [...]

    Rebecca
    This is historical fiction about the author's distant ancestor who killed her fiance after the Civil War. The thing I liked the most about the story was how it potrayed very intimately how families were torn apart by the warterally brothers fought brothers. The main character is a Confederate sympathizer but falls in love with a Union soldier. The dialouge was often akward and I felt that the author dragged out the last third of the book. However, I felt that the author really gave the reader an [...]

    Sarah
    I really enjoyed this book, which is part historical fiction, part love story, part courtroom drama. The town of Jarrettsville is not far from where I live, and the book initially grabbed my attention because of the name. It takes place in rural Maryland right after the Civil War- very close to the Mason/Dixon line and an area that was very divided between Union & Confederate loyalties. Nixon took her family's story & fleshed it out beautifully, taking time to develop the characters of M [...]

    Faith
    Having moved to Jarrettsville in Harford COunty at the age of thirteen, I found this very exciting. Knowing the places the author talked of, being able to place where each event (or almost each) happened was really cool. I had no idea that anything like this had happened in this small town and to know that I know some of the families was neat. I'm glad I got to hear the author and meet her when she came to the Jarrettsville branch of the library. I also met some of her relatives and saw some per [...]

    Lisa
    Jarrettsville by Cornelia Nixon is a novel based on an incident in Nixon's family history just after the Civil War in Maryland below the Mason-Dixon line. Martha Jane Cairnes, a willful, stubborn, beautiful young woman shoots her estranged lover six times in front of 50 witnesses. The story starts there and then goes back to the beginning. We learn the story from various points of view - the doctor, cousins, brothers, sister-in-laws, Martha's and the lover, Nick's. It is a tightly written page t [...]

    Cathy
    This is one small community in Harford county Maryland after the Civil War, but it encapsulates the experience of former slaves and their owners, men returning from war, the way a civil war in a slave state that fought on the northern side wasn't over when the peace treaty was signed. It shows how hatreds simmered for years in communities with both northern and southern sympathizers. The expected role of "ladies" and their sexuality or supposed lack of it is also at the heart of the story.So muc [...]

    Elizabeth
    SadI liked the two central characters initially but in the end they made really bad/dumb choices. Why didn't they ever talk to each other?I was hoping her family (mother & brother) would somehow end up suffering long drawn-out horrible deaths. In this case, life wasn't fair. I was cheering for the freed slaves and was always disappointed when they were abused again. Thus repeating the 'life isn't fair' theme for me. I did like the book and I was affected by the topic and view pointsI made me [...]

    Chad
    This would be a great selection for a book club. The book is well written, but it tended to drag during Martha's segment. There are numerous discussion points throughout and the ones that interested me most were (1) interactions between Rebel-friendly Marylanders and their neighbors who were abolitionists (2) treatment of black Northern soliders after they returned from fighting for their country (3) norms regarding women and sex (4) Male-domination of society and how women's minds were "fragile [...]

    Susan
    Really liked this book. Love historical fiction and the Civil War is one of my favorite eras. Found the beginning a bit confusing (probably reading late at night) but hung in and loved the love story, the history of Maryland at the end of the war and the tensions still going on between North and South. The talk about the Negroes and how the Southerners felt about them was graphic, but of course so very true of the times. So sad to have the love story end in such a way, and for a woman to be so d [...]

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