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Charles Frazier Returns to Cold Mountain

Critically-acclaimed novelist Charles Frazier returns to The Carter Center to discuss, read from and sign copies of Varina. Joining Mr. Frazier in conversation will be Daren Wang, founder and former executive director of the Decatur Book Festival and author of The Hidden Light of Northern Fires. 

This is a ticketed event.

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.

The Carter Center
453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia 30307

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