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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.
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By Norma Mitchell on 06-09-18
The reader and writer had me at hello
This was one those book that when you start you do not want to stop until it is finished. I have loved all of Charles Frazier's book and the reader of this book ranks in my best ever category. Varina is so rich in history and beautiful descriptions and tells the story of an independent woman who stood her own in the midst of an awful time of our history. A masterpiece in storytelling and historical record. Thank you to both writer and reader for for this piece of art.
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