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Charles Frazier: Varina 

When: Tue., April 17, 7 p.m. 2018
Price: free

North Carolina native Charles Frazier comes home for a book signing to promote the release of his new novel, Varina. Frazier earned widespread acclaim after winning a National Book Award for Cold Mountain. The historical novel, later adapted into an Oscar-winning film and an opera, chronicled a Confederate soldier's desertion toward the end of the Civil War and his journey to reunite with the love of his life. Quail Ridge Books holds a special place in Frazier's career. It was an early supporter of the former N.C. State English professor's work, even before he became a well-known writer. It's been twenty years since the release of Cold Mountain, yet Frazier's novels haven't veered far from home. Varina views the Civil War from the perspective of Varina Howell, who marries Jefferson Davis as a teenager. Davis's life veers unexpectedly into politics, and he eventually takes on the Confederacy's central role, as president. As her marriage disintegrates and the war comes to a turbulent conclusion, Howell flees Richmond with her children. —Nick Gallagher

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