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The Second Mrs. Hockaday: A Novel by [Susan Rivers]
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With language evocative of the South ( craggy as a shagbark stump ) and taut, almost unbearable suspense, dramatized by characters readers will swear they know, this galvanizing historical portrait of courage, determination, and abiding love mesmerizes and shocks. Booklist (starred review)

"I gobbled this book up in one sitting, wishing I could slow down and savor the prose but too eager to find out what happened.Rivers is an unflinching truth teller. Her characters are deeply human, drawn with compassion and exquisite detail." Hillary Jordan, author of Mudbound

"Susan Rivers sets this spellbinding, haunting human drama against the backdrop of the Civil War. Told through exquisitely crafted letters and diary entries, the delicious pacing leads to revelations both intriguing and unnerving. I was sorry to reach the end of this stunning debut. Diane Chamberlain, author of The Silent Sister

"With The Second Mrs. Hockaday, Susan Rivers viscerally evokes a bygone era without sentimentality. Her deeply sympathetic characters cope with the hard truths of slavery and war, maintaining their humanity and capability for redemption throughout. A thoroughly engrossing and affecting read. Alice LaPlante, author of A Circle of Wives"

"I gobbled this book up in one in luscious sitting, wishing I could slow down and savor the prose but too eager to find out what happened.Rivers is an unflinching truth teller. Her characters are deeply human, drawn with compassion and exquisite detail." Hillary Jordan, author of "Mudbound" "Susan Rivers sets this spellbinding, haunting human drama against the backdrop of the Civil War. Told through exquisitely crafted letters and diary entries, the delicious pacing leads to revelations both intriguing and unnerving. I was sorry to reach the end of this stunning debut. Diane Chamberlain, author of "The Silent Sister"" --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Susan Rivers began her writing career 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. Her debut novel, The Second Mrs. Hockaday, was a People Magazine "Best New Books Pick" and a Woman's Day "Editor's Desk Pick" in 2017, as well as an Indie Next pick, Library Reads, Winter OKRA Pick and WNBA Great Group Reads 2018 Selection. The novel was a finalist for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize 2017 and for the Southern Book Prize 2018. Rivers lives with her husband in a former cotton-mill town in upstate South Carolina.
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • Print Length : 223 pages
  • Publisher : Algonquin Books (January 10, 2017)
  • ASIN : B01B3VMC1E
  • Publication Date : January 10, 2017
  • File Size : 1988 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 286 ratings