Sooner or later, history asks, which side were you on?
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
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 historyculpable 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.
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About the Author
Charles Frazier is the author of Cold Mountain, an international bestseller that won the National Book Award and was adapted into an Academy-Award winning film by Anthony Minghella. He is also the author of the bestselling novels Thirteen Moons and Nightwoods.
Hometown:Raleigh, North Carolina
Date of Birth:1950
Place of Birth:Asheville, North Carolina
Education:B.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; M.A., Ph.D., Appalachian State University
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It will make you want to read more about this woman who had a bad marriage, a civil war, and poverty thrust upon her and remained her own person throughout.
Obviously a difficult topic. Made me wonder why civil war reenactments are popular. This book mmakes you think.
I loved Cold Mountain, and there were moments that I like Varina, but overall it was tedious.
Charles Frazier’s writing is pure joy. His characters are presented with such depth, empathy, and respect simply for who they are/were, how their lives mattered regardless of station in another difficult chapter of our country’s history. Certainly anyone with even a passing interest in the Civil War would enjoy this book but as with “Cold Mountain,” that’s not a prerequisite.
Charles Frazier, at his wonderful best, brings us Varina, a southern belle who is also a smart, savvy woman, strong willed and loyal. We follow Varina from her youth into her old age as she lives through the most devastating period of America's history. This is a book to treasure, and recommend to friends and family. As with his other historical novels, I consider Varina a national treasure.