Varina: A Novel

Varina: A Novel

Synopsis

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.

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Chapters

  • 001 Varina
    Duration: 12s
  • 002 First Sunday
    Duration: 14min
  • 003 Fugitive
    Duration: 22min
  • 004 La Florida
    Duration: 30min
  • 005 London
    Duration: 23min
  • 006 Second Sunday
    Duration: 25min
  • 007 Hurricane and Brierfield
    Duration: 21min
  • 008 Winchester
    Duration: 15min
  • 009 The slim black man
    Duration: 28min
  • 010 V first saw Uncle Jeff
    Duration: 27min
  • 011 Jeff was right about her father
    Duration: 19min
  • 012 Third Sunday
    Duration: 26min
  • 013 In that degree of late night transforming
    Duration: 28min
  • 014 Old Joseph liked to tell people
    Duration: 29min
  • 015 Grim times after Jeff left
    Duration: 25min
  • 016 Georgia's a tall state
    Duration: 29min
  • 017 Bristol and Ryland let their eyes adjust
    Duration: 12min
  • 018 Fourth Sunday
    Duration: 28min
  • 019 Hog Fortress
    Duration: 29min
  • 020 Eventually V and the Wiggins girls all walked out
    Duration: 15min
  • 021 Scaffold
    Duration: 26min
  • 022 Burnt Planation
    Duration: 17min
  • 023 No milk for the chidren
    Duration: 23min
  • 024 Fifth Sunday
    Duration: 28min
  • 025 V and Jeff lay on a pallet of quilts
    Duration: 16min
  • 026 Fortress Monroe
    Duration: 17min
  • 027 The Big Mansion at The Hurricane
    Duration: 24min
  • 028 Sixth Sunday-16
    Duration: 28min
  • 029 One morning Mary mentioned that Ellen
    Duration: 24min
  • 030 At five the next afternoon pretending she'd
    Duration: 19min
  • 031 After the Deluge 1879 to 1893
    Duration: 28min
  • 032 Seventh Sunday
    Duration: 14min
  • 033 Credits
    Duration: 48s

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