Katherine, an attentive mother to her teenagers, comfortably married to her strapping provider of a husband, longs to overcome her dark thoughts and intermittent fears of sexual intimacy.

This brisk, mesmerizing version of her life is told in alternating short chapters by Truitt, Star, and Smooshed Bug—her inner children, each with their particular strategy for coping with Katherine’s past at the hands of a hopeless mother and a terrifying, seductive father. Several of her female ancestors, Confederate widows and their daughters, who’ve imposed a legacy of racism and damage on her bloodline, also join the telling.

The assembled ghosts and contenders for Katherine’s ear are gathered in a rusting WWII submarine off the coast of Virginia Beach where the truth of her life is, quite literally, submerged. Will they surface with it? Will they protect her from it, or deliver it to her? Author Boo Trundle will read from her debut novel, The Daughter Ship, and discuss the craft of writing during this Festival Preview Event at Old Town Books!

The Virginia Festival of the Book Preview Events bring authors across the state before the main Festival in Charlottesville on March 20-—24. Preview events are sponsored by Michelle and David Baldacci.

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  • This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.
  • For Covid protocol, please see our Festival Info page. For accessibility needs, contact Ray Nedzel by March 1.
  • All Festival authors and speakers represent themselves, and do not speak on behalf of Virginia Humanities or the University of Virginia.
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With generous support from Michelle and David Baldacci

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