We are so excited to welcome back a longtime friend of QRB, Charles Frazier! Returning to the setting of National Book Award-winning Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier continues to explore the circumstances of and people embroiled in the Civil War by following one woman’s tragic story. With her marriage prospects limited, teenage Varina Howell agrees to wed the much-older widower Jefferson Davis, with whom she expects a life of security as a Mississippi landowner. He instead pursues a career in politics and is eventually appointed president of the Confederacy, placing Varina at the white-hot center of one of the darkest moments in American history—culpable regardless of her intentions. Charles Frazier joins us to share Varina.
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From Helen: Varina is a sweeping, captivating saga based on the wife of confederate president Jefferson Davis. From a young girl on a hill overlooking the Mississippi to an old woman remembering her past, Varina is in the middle of turbulent American history. Living in a mansion in Richmond as first lady of the confederacy, she sees a little boy being beaten on the street. Taking him home, she cares for him with her own children. At the close of the war with federal troops in pursuit, she flees in the night Dazzling historical fiction!
In his powerful new novel, Charles Frazier returns to the time and place of Cold Mountain, vividly bringing to life the chaos and devastation of the Civil War