New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003.
First Edition. Hardcover. Signed and inscribed to previous owner by Jimmy Carter in ink to sticker at front free endpaper. First Edition with full number line indicating first printing. 9 1/2" X 6 1/2". xiv, 465pp. Very mild shelf wear to covers, corners, and edges of unclipped dust jacket. Price sticker to rear of jacket. Bound in green paper over boards with spine backed in black and lettered in gilt. Gentle bumps to corners and to head and tail of spine. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is sound.
ABOUT THIS BOOK:
The first work of fiction by a President of the United States—a sweeping novel of the American South and the War of Independence.
In his ambitious and deeply rewarding novel, Jimmy Carter brings to life the Revolutionary War as it was fought in the Deep South; it is a saga that will change the way we think about the conflict. He reminds us that much of the fight for independence took place in that region and that it was a struggle of both great and small battles and of terrible brutality, with neighbor turned against neighbor, the Indians’ support sought by both sides, and no quarter asked or given. The Hornet’s Nest follows a cast of characters and their loved ones on both sides of this violent conflict—including some who are based on the author’s ancestors.
At the heart of the story is Ethan Pratt, who in 1766 moves with his wife, Epsey, from Philadelphia to North Carolina and then to Georgia in 1771, in the company of Quakers. On their homesteads in Georgia, Ethan and his wife form a friendship with neighbors Kindred Morris and his wife, Mavis. Through Kindred and his young Indian friend Newota, Ethan learns about the frontier and the Native American tribes who are being continually pressed farther inland by settlers. As the eight-year war develops, Ethan and Kindred find themselves in life-and-death combat with opposing forces.
With its moving love story, vivid action, and the suspense of a war fought with increasing ferocity and stealth, The Hornet’s Nest is historical fiction at its best, in the tradition of such major classics as The Last of the Mohicans.(Publisher). Very good + / Very good +. Item #8906