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Publisher's Summary

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 audiobook is a portrait of a woman who comes to realize that complicity carries consequences.
©2018 3 Crows Corporation (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By James J. Phelan on 04-18-18

Outstanding!

Charles Frazier at his best, weaving history into a fascinating study of individuals in a time of crisis - a remarkable book!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Mary Jane on 04-12-18

I wanted to love this book, but

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, the narrator is wonderful, but even she can't save the story. The novel jumps back and forth across time in what appears to be a non-linear fashion making the book hard to follow. Additionally, I simply could not become interested. After making it almost halfway through I gave up. Life is too short to force myself to finish a book when there are others begging to be read.

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The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel

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