19th-century USA, historical fiction, US Civil War Era

At the Fall Line


In post-Civil War Virginia, a Union veteran becomes entangled with three women who have suffered a family tragedy.

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In 1869 Virginia, a little girl fatally tumbles into a quarry. Her mother, aunt, and sister turn for comfort to Louis, the quarry foreman and a Union veteran. 

Louis falls in love with the aunt, but she is married, virtuous —  unattainable. Seeking means to wed elsewhere, he brings a law suit against a cousin who ruined his father. The suit stirs up dead causes and deadly chicanery, while his relations with the women grow dangerously intimate. 

Rooted in the beloved homeland whose cause he fought against with all his heart, Louis yearns for a woman who cannot be his and for a life that war and time have forever undone.

Praise for Jean Huets’ The Bones You Have Cast Down

Enchanting and richly historical, dazzling and dark, heart-wrenching and intoxicating. — Stuart R. Kaplan, Pamela Colman Smith

A storytelling treasure. Speculative elements are deftly melded into the mix.… Thought provoking as well as entertaining. — Ron Andre, A Matter of Fancy

About the author

Jean Huets’ writing has appeared in The New York Times, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, The Millions, Civil War Monitor and other journals. Her books include With Walt Whitman, Himself, The Bones You Have Cast Down: A Novel, At the Fall Line: A Novel, Alt Sagas: Stories, and The Cosmic Tarot book. She is co-founder of Circling Rivers, an independent press dedicated to literary nonfiction and poetry. Visit her at www.jeanhuets.com