The fiction book discussion group meets each month to carefully analyze the current selection in a warm and welcoming setting. To join one or all monthly meetings, paperback copies of the book are available at the reference desk for $5, or you can borrow a library copy. This program is funded by the Friends of the Library.
Varina by Charles Frazier:
Sooner or later, history asks, which side were you on? 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 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.
Click here to request a library copy. (Upper Hudson Valley Library System)
Voorheesville Public Library
51 School Road