Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

Author Luncheon with Susan Rivers, The Second Mrs. Hockaday , Fri., June 29, 12 pm

Join us Fri., June 29, 12 pm for lunch at Halls Signature Events (5 Faber St.), as Susan Rivers discusses and signs her new novel The Second Mrs. Hockaday (Algonquin, pb., 288 pp., $16). Tickets are $30 for the three-course luncheon, or $50 to add a signed copy of the book.

Get tickets here.

A love story, a story of racial divide, and a story of the South as it fell in the war, The Second Mrs. Hockaday reveals how this generation—and the next—began to see their world anew.

When Major Gryffth Hockaday is called to the front lines of the Civil War, his new bride is left to care for her husband’s three-hundred-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 darkest days of the war 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 in the two years he was away?

Susan Rivers began her career as a playwright, receiving the Julie Harris Playwriting Award and the New York Drama League Award, and working as an NEA Writer-in-Residence in San Francisco. Fiction became her focus after moving to the Carolinas in 1995. She currently lives and teaches in Upstate South Carolina. Her debut novel, The Second Mrs. Hockaday (Algonquin Books), was a finalist for the 2017 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and currently is one of four finalists for the Southern Book Prize.

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