Taylor Polites

THE REBEL WIFE: A Novel (2012)

Brimming with atmosphere and edgy suspense, regional bestseller The Rebel Wife presents a young widow trying to survive in the violent world of Reconstruction Alabama, where the old gentility masks continuing violence fueled by hatred, treachery, and still powerful secrets. As Augusta Branson summons the courage to cross the boundaries of hate, The Rebel Wife presents an unforgettable heroine for our time.

“This engrossing novel about a resilient heroine in the post-Civil War South has all the drama of the era and none of the clichés.”—O, The Oprah Magazine

“Passionate and brave. It removes the skin of an era…  A fascinating, genre-subverting historical novel.”—Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin

Rights: Simon & Schuster, North America

All other rights: Union Literary

Taylor Polites received an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University, where he was awarded the Norris Church Mailer Scholarship for this novel. He is at work on his next novel.