CHARLES FRAZIER presents VARINA at UNCA in conversation with Wiley Cash

Attention Charles Frazier Fans: UNCA has several events Saturday and are providing free shuttle service from all campus parking lots. Please plan for traffic and give yourself extra time to park as soon you find a spot, then take a shuttle to Lipinsky Auditorium. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the event begins at 7:00 pm.

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 through the story of Varina Howell, Jefferson Davis’s wife and widow.  This is a free event at Lipinsky Auditorium on the UNC Asheville campus.

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In his powerful fourth novel, Charles Frazier returns to the time and place of Cold Mountain, vividly bringing to life the chaos and devastation of the Civil War. 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. 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 "bounties on their heads, an entire nation in pursuit." Intimate in its detailed observations of one woman'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.

 

Event date: 
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
University of North Carolina Asheville
1 University Heights
Asheville, NC 28804
Varina: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062405982
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - April 3rd, 2018