Here and Then
Written by George Ella Lyon
Imagine going for the weekend to 1861. Abby doesn’t have to imagine. It actually happens to her at Camp Robinson, Kentucky, where, to please her parents, she’s joined in a Civil War reenactment. She’s playing the part of Eliza Hoskins, a woman of forty who nursed the sick and wounded of both North and South but about whom little else is known.
Abby discovers more. It’s as if Eliza is speaking to her, asking for help finding muslin, a kettle, cups, tent canvas, whiskey, salve for powder burns. Eliza’s words pulse across the years to Abby’s hand and onto the waiting pages of a Rite Aid notebook. But the notebook is from seventh grade. What is happening?
Imagine convincing your best friend – as Abby convinces Harper – that you need her help to save lives in the past. Imagine meeting, in Eliza’s old house at Hoskins Crossroads, a soldier whose life you may have saved. And imagine how such a thing could turn your head, as it does Abby’s, lifting you to see across the waves of time to where everyone, every time, awaits, where here and then are now and forever.
Hardcover, 114 pages.