Erin Lindsay McCabe, author of I Shall Be Near to You, on tour September 2014

Posted By on June 19, 2014

I Shall Be Near to YouAbout I Shall Be Near to You

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (September 2, 2014)

In I SHALL BE NEAR TO YOU, McCabe introduces us to newlywed Rosetta Wakefield. More accustomed to working as her father’s farmhand and happiest doing what others might call “man’s work,” Rosetta struggles with how to be a good wife to her childhood beau and new husband, Jeremiah. When Jeremiah leaves home to join the Union army, Rosetta finds the only way she can honor Jeremiah is to be with her husband—no matter what..

Cutting off her hair and donning men’s clothing, Rosetta enlists in the army as Private Ross Stone so that she might stand beside her husband. Joining, however, is the easy part, and now Rosetta must not only live and train with her male counterparts as they prepare for imminent battle, but she must also deal with Jeremiah, who is struggling with his “fighting” wife’s presence, not to mention the constant threat of discovery..

In brilliant detail, inspired by the letters of the real Rosetta Wakeman, McCabe offers a riveting look at the day-to-day lives of these secret women fighters as they defied conventions and made their personal contributions to history. Both a tender love story and a hard look at war, I SHALL BE NEAR TO YOU offers a unique exploration of marriage, societal expectations, and the role of women in the Civil War through the lens of a beautifully written novel..

“A girl as tough as Katniss Everdeen. A romance out of Twilight. A historical backdrop as strong as Cold Mountain.” Booklist, starred review.

“McCabe’s debut novel…is a shining story of enduring love… McCabe portrays Rosetta brilliantly—think True Grit’s Mattie Ross… McCabe’s descriptions of battle’s chaos and mayhem…is reminiscent of Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage…Based on often overlooked history, McCabe offers an extraordinary novel, one creating a memorable character through which we relive our national cataclysm.” —Kirkus, starred review.

 “Compellingly authentic.” —ELLE.

 “A real gem…In the long, distinguished history of Civil War fiction, Erin Lindsay McCabe has presented us a book that might be for the ages. Her novel, I Shall Be Near to You, tells a passionate love story that moved me as much as I’ve been moved in years.”—Pat Conroy, New York Times Bestselling author of The Prince of Tides and The Death of Santini.

I Shall Be Near to You marks the impressive debut of a truly gifted author. Erin Lindsay McCabe’s riveting story of a woman who disguises herself as a man to follow her husband into the Union army enthralls even as it wrenches the heart. “—Jennifer Chiaverini, author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker and The Spymistress .


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authorphotoAbout Erin Lindsay McCabe

Erin studied literature and history at University of California, Santa Cruz, earned a teaching credential at California State University, Chico, and taught high school English for seven years. Since completing her MFA in Creative Writing at St. Mary’s College of California in 2010, Erin has taught Composition at St. Mary’s College and Butte College. A California native, Erin lives in the Sierra Foothills with her husband, son, and a small menagerie that includes one dog, four cats, two horses, numerous chickens, and three goats.


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Erin Lindsay McCabe’s TLC Books Tours TOUR STOPS

Tuesday, September 2nd: Reading and Eating

Wednesday, September 3rd: Passages to the Past

Thursday, September 4th: Under a Gray Sky

Monday, September 8th: Lavish Bookshelf

Monday, September 8th: Daily Mayo

Tuesday, September 9th: Kahakai Kitchen

Friday, September 12th: Kritter’s Ramblings

Monday, September 15th: Books on the Table

Monday, September 15th:  Life is Story

Tuesday, September 16th: Jorie Loves a Story

Wednesday, September 17th: Sara’s Organized Chaos

Thursday, September 18th: 100 Pages a Day…. Stephanie’s Book Reviews

Friday, September 19th: No More Grumpy Bookseller

Monday, September 22nd: Time 2 Read

Tuesday, September 23rd: History From a Woman’s Perspective

Wedesday, September 24th: Tiffany’s Bookshelf

Thursday, September 25th: Broken Teepee

Friday, September 26th: West Metro Mommy

Monday, September 29th: Must. Read. Faster


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