Paulette
Jiles

Awards

2002 Winner

Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

for Enemy Women

Jury Citation

“Jiles has created a riveting and original heroine with 18 year-old Adair Colley. Jiles' grasp of the American Civil War and its politics lends heft to the authenticity of the fiction which she echoes with excerpts, sometimes ironic, drawn from Civil War histories, newspapers, journals, and correspondence. The overall effect is to transport us to the backwoods of southeastern Missouri, to smell the wood smoke, feel the stones underfoot, and listen, with Adair, for the advancing Militia. Jiles liquefies that era and pours it into our eyes and ears. Days later, the book could still be felt within. A marvellous novel.” — 2002 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Jury (Joan Barfoot, Brian Brett, and Sarah Sheard)