On Sale: April 16, 2019
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Sooner or later, history asks, which side were
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
Her marriage prospects limited, teenage Varina Howell agrees
to wed the much-older widower Jefferson Davis, with whom she
expects the secure life of a Mississippi landowner. Davis
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 historyâ€”culpable regardless of her intentions.
The Confederacy falling, her marriage in tatters, and the
country divided, Varina and her children escape Richmond and
travel south on their own, now fugitives with â€śbounties on
their heads, an entire nation in pursuit.â€ť
Intimate in its detailed observations of one womanâ€™s tragic
life and epic in its scope and power, Varina is a
novel of an American war and its aftermath. Ultimately, the
book is a portrait of a woman who comes to realize that
complicity carries consequences.
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