2002 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Winner

Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles 2002 Winner of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

Paulette Jiles
Enemy Women
HarperFlamingo Canada

Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles 2002 Winner of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

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)

About the Book

Enemy Women gives readers a visceral sense of what Adair Colley might have felt and understood as she was caught in the crossfire of the American Civil War, confined and interrogated in a Union prison until her subsequent escape and struggle to return to her pillaged home.

About the Author

Paulette Jiles came to Canada in 1969. A graduate of the University of Illinois, her best-selling novel Enemy Women won the Willa Cather Literary Award for Historical Fiction as well as the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas and retains dual Canadian-American citizenship.




Woodcock Fund



Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing


September 19 for books published between June 20 and September 18, 2018


Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


July 18 for books published between May 16 and Sept 30, 2018


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