Whirligig: Keeping the Promise
by Richard Buxton
Publication Date: April 22, 2017
eBook & Paperback; 496 Pages
Series: Shire’s Union, Book One
The first novel from multi-award winning short-story writer Richard Buxton, Whirligig is at once an outsider’s odyssey through the battle for Tennessee, a touching story of impossible love, and a portrait of America at war with itself. Self-interest and conflict, betrayal and passion, all fuse into a fateful climax.
Shire leaves his home and his life in Victorian England for the sake of a childhood promise, a promise that will pull him into the bleeding heart of the American Civil War and through the bloody battlefields of the West, where he will discover a second home for his loyalty.
Clara believes she has escaped from a predictable future of obligation and privilege, but her new life in the Appalachian Hills of Tennessee is decaying around her. In the mansion of Comrie, long hidden secrets are being slowly exhumed by a war that comes ever closer.
My Review: This book is absolutely superb. As a lover of history, my shelves are filled with books set in the Tudor Era, Ancient Rome, Ancient Greece and so on. Books set in the Civil War are rather non-existent, however, so I was really looking forward to diving into the setting of Whirligig. (Also, the main character’s name is Shire. I would have read the book on that, alone. Shire…don’t you just want to meet him, now?)
First, I need to point out that this isn’t a “war” story. This is most definitely a story about Shire and his childhood friend Clara, both from England. After Clara marries, her new husband moves her to Tennessee, right as the Civil War is raging. Shire, in an effort to keep a childhood promise that he made to Clara, leaves England for the United States. His hope is to travel to Tennessee via the Union Army. This is what Whirligig is about. About one man’s determination to keep a promise. About incredibly relatable, flawed and human characters. About breathtaking, raw situations and circumstances. It is fact and fiction woven together perfectly, leaving the reader with an utterly brilliant novel.
Bottom Line: I am thrilled that Whirligig is going to be a trilogy, because I need more.
Richard lives with his family in the South Downs, Sussex, England. He completed an MA in Creative Writing at Chichester University in 2014. He has an abiding relationship with America, having studied at Syracuse University, New York State, in the late eighties. His short stories have won the Exeter Story Prize, the Bedford International Writing Competition and the Nivalis Short Story Award. Whirligig is his first novel and the opening book of Shire’s Union trilogy. Current projects include the second book, The Copper Road, as well as preparing to publish a collection of short stories.
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