Coming Soon! Each Other - A Novel by Pamela Erickson will soon to be published on Smashwords.com. Each Other is the story of Annie Cunningham, a Union spy during the (American) Civil War and the complications created against the backdrop of her love affair with Warren Dodd, a Confederate Captain.
Beginning and ending in 1891, the novel wraps around a story of Annie and Warren through the events of 1862 in northern Virginia. Historical events are woven through the story and fictionalized for the novel. Watch Night celebrated by new England churches on New Year's Eve 1862 to honor those who fought for freedom was held on the eve of ushering in the Emancipation Proclamation. This event is described in Each Other and potentially significant in the year 2012, the 150th anniversary of the event.
As the story unravels, we learn that Annie and her sister Sarah, encouraged by the Abolitionist movement in their native Massachusetts take great risks to join the spying effort after the death of their youngest brother, one of the war's early casualties. An herbalist and healer, Annie works in extreme conditions as a nurse in a nearby hospital, mainly as an attempt to work her way into the adjacent prison to arrange an escape fo the Union captives there.
Set in a slower time, Each Other and the historical events that create a backdrop for this work of fiction, remind us that we are who we are because of one another. The themes in Each Other still ring true today
as the characters and events of the book express the themes of life during war, personal freedom and conviction, empowerment and connection across Time.