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Roxana Robinson - 'Dawson's Fall'

A cinematic Reconstruction-era drama of violence and fraught moral reckoning

In Dawson’s Fall, a novel based on the lives of Roxana Robinson’s great-grandparents, we see America at its most fragile, fraught, and malleable. Set in 1889, in Charleston, South Carolina, Robinson’s tale weaves her family’s journal entries and letters with a novelist’s narrative grace, and spans the life of her tragic hero, Frank Dawson, as he attempts to navigate the country’s new political, social, and moral landscape.

Roxana Robinson is the author of five previous novels, including Sparta and Cost; three collections of short stories; and the biography Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life.  She has received fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation. She was president of the Authors Guild from 2014 to 2017. She teaches in the Hunter MFA program. 

Roxana will discuss her new novel with Lee Smith.

"Acclaimed writer Roxana Robinson delves into her own family history as she sets her sights on the Civil War at its very heart, South Carolina, with spectacular results. Like Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain, her own Dawson's Fall will be a revelation to many readers in its profound and nuanced depiction of Southerners' widely varied feelings about the Civil War and its aftermath. The past springs brilliantly to life in this tragic and compelling story, as accurate and fully realized a depiction of daily life and the extraordinary events of this time as has ever been written." --Lee Smith, author of Dimestore: A Writer's Life

Event date: 
Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
North Hills
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
Dawson's Fall: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374135218
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Sarah Crichton Books - May 14th, 2019

A cinematic Reconstruction-era drama of violence and fraught moral reckoning