When Major Gryffth Hockaday is called to the Civil War’s front lines, his new bride is left to care for her husband’s 300-acre farm and infant son. Placidia, a mere teenager herself living far from her family and completely unprepared to run a farm or raise a child, must endure the war’s darkest days on her own. By the time Major Hockaday returns two years later, Placidia is bound for jail, accused of having borne a child in his absence and murdering it. What really transpired while he was away? Inspired by a true incident, Rivers’ first novel unfolds with gripping intensity, conjuring the era with uncanny immediacy.
Susan Rivers is the recipient of two playwriting grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and has had short fiction published in the Santa Monica Review. She lives and writes in a small town in upstate South Carolina.
This lecture is part of the Margaret Mitchell House’s New Southern Voices Series and is free and open to the public.