On the first Tuesday of every month, The Bookstore Plus hosts a unique Book Club experience where readers have the opportunity to discuss the book club pick with the author via video Skype! Tuesday, March 6th, 2018, at 7:00 pm the author, Susan Rivers, will join us to discuss and answer questions about her book The Second Mrs. Hockaday. Our book club is open to the public. To honor the author's valued time, we highly recommend that you read the book. If you don't have the opportunity to finish the book before we meet, it is still an enriching experience to hear what the author has to say about their work, so please join us.
BOOK SUMMARY | It's 1865 and the Civil War is over. For some survivors, however, the suffering is just beginning. A Confederate field officer walks home from a Union prison to reunite with his teen-aged bride, only to discover that she birthed a child while he was away and buried it somewhere on their South Carolina farm. Through a narrative that unfolds in letters, diary entries and inquest reports, the wife's painful story is eventually revealed, while the far-reaching repercussions of war are explored. We see how the damage incurred by Gryffth and Placidia Hockaday has the power to dismantle and transform the lives of ensuing generations, white as well as black, and are witness to the healing powers of love.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR | Susan Rivers began as a playwright, receiving the Julie Harris Playwriting Award and the New York Drama League Award, working as an NEA Writer-in-Residence in San Francisco, and being named as a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award for British and American Women Playwrights. Fiction became her focus after starting her family and moving to the Carolinas in 1995. She holds an MFA in Fiction-writing from Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina and was awarded a Regional Artist Grant from the Arts and Sciences Council there. Since 2009, she and her husband have made their home in a small town in South Carolina, where stray animals and stories are thick on the ground. She currently teaches English at a university in the upstate region of South Carolina.