Varina

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 inIn 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.
Varina 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 t

  • Title: Varina
  • Author: Charles Frazier
  • ISBN: 9780062406002
  • Page: 453
  • Format: ebook
  • 1 thought on “Varina”

    1. I loved Cold Mountain. But after about 50 pages, I didn't really care about this, and life is too short to force yourself to read things.

    2. I am a huge fan of Charles Frazier, having loved Cold Mountain so many years ago (Ruby is one of my favorite characters of all times!!). I was delighted to receive an advanced copy of his new novel, Varina, which is a historical account of Varina Howell Davis, the wife of Jefferson Davis. The book is the story of who Mrs. Davis was, how she came to be wed at such an early age to a much older man, the rise to Washington and then Confederate politics and power, the decline afterwards, and ending i [...]

    3. One does not expect to have sympathy for the First Lady of the Confederacy, one does not expect to care one whit for her pain and suffering. Frazier does the impossible. There are few books that I intend to read again in the future, this is one.

    4. Oh what a joy to read the gorgeous prose of Frazier again. With so many people today screaming 'Tear down the statues' in America's South, who would imagine a novel detailing the life of The First Lady of the Confederacy? The impeccable language which Frazier uses to tell his tale is a testament to his skill. You can hear the cadence of each character in your mind as you read Varina's story. She imagined a life of ease being the wife of a well-to-do Mississippi landowner; only to find that dream [...]

    5. Absolutely lovely writing! Frazier has deftly penned a fascinating narrative about Varina Davis, wife of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Varina through the storytelling skills of Frazier. It was marvelous! Loved this story!

    6. As someone who's lived in Mississippi, gone to a school named after Jefferson Davis, and visited the Beauvoir house, I was surprised by how little I actually knew about Jefferson Davis. I knew even less about his wife. This book, like Cold Mountain, is both beautiful and slightly pretentious, reveling in the drama and 'romance' of the old South while still trying to condemn it. It also looks at its subjects as human beings, though, not as one side or the other, and tries to get to the root of wh [...]

    7. Frazier's Varina is a fascinating woman; spirited and feisty. She's intelligent and witty, so much more so than her husband. She's also racist, although she doesn't really believe she is, even at the end of her life. Despite this, she's begrudgingly likable. Whether or not this was true of the actual woman, I cannot say. Frazier's writing is superb. Although there is very little dialogue to be found, it is quite nicely paced. The story jumps around quite a bit, which I didn't care for, because i [...]

    8. The historical novel of Varina Davis, First Lady of the Confederacy. Mrs. Davis recalls her life, looking back as a senior citizen. The war is long past. Her husband and all of her children have died. Her best friend, Mary Chestnut, has also died.This is a very believable story woven around well-documented events and personalities. The tale begins with Varina’s attempt to escape Richmond and the fall of the Confederacy. Her story covers the anti-bellum south and life post-Civil War with minima [...]

    9. Author Charles Frazier’s lyrical and inspired writing continues in his newest book set in the South in the second half of the 19th century. The subject of his interest, beyond the geography he holds so dear, is Varina Davis, the second wife of Jefferson Davis, and a captivating, wholly engaging personality unto herself. In fact, she only spent half of her 45-year long marriage actually living with her husband; theirs was a union separated as much by profound disagreements and anger as by war a [...]

    10. Varina [or V, as she is known for much of the novel], is the wife of Jefferson Davis. She calls him Jeff. They live in comparative luxury in the southern United States until the states are no longer united, and Jeff is asked to be president of the newly-formed Confederate States. Then comes the war which tears the Union apart, and, along with it, the Davis marriage. V has an unexpected visitor to the hotel in England where she lives. A young man who, as a boy, was brought up in her household. He [...]

    11. As someone with a deep interest in Civil War history, I know admittedly little about the lives of Jefferson Davis and his wife, Varina. That lack, in part, spurred me to read Varina, not to mention how much I loved Frazier's classic, Cold Mountain.Varina, this fictionalized account that shifts back and forth in time between the early 1900s, when the title character is an elderly woman living in New York, and her escape from Richmond with her children in 1865, as well as her young womanhood in co [...]

    12. I wasn’t expecting to find much of interest in this woman from the wrong side of history but Frazier’s fictional treatment of the life of Varina Howell Davis had me captivated. A story about power, women, and race, told by the woman who occupied the Confederate White House, its premise is a reunion between Varina and a black man who once lived as a child in her household. Pub date is in April 2018.

    13. Very disappointing. If Cold Mountain is a 10 and Nightwoods is an 8 and Thirteen Moons (which I didn’t finish) is a 3 then I would say Varina (which I also didn’t finish) is a 4.

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