Travel/Writing

“In the places set between folds in the Earth, voices echo against mountains….” So begins the story of Concord, Virginia, one of those places set between folds in the Earth. It’s a place like almost any other Southern town filled with self-righteous preachers, descendants of slaves, upstanding town leaders and the ladies of the local bridge club. But, Concord has something else: a dark heart. A church has been abandoned. Vultures have been roosting in the trees at George MacJenkins’s house. Poisonous snakes follow Rachel Stetson into the river for a swim. And the ghost of Thomas Jefferson has recently spoken through a man chained to fate.

These are just a few of the characters in Peter Neofotis’ new novel Concord, Virginia: A Southern Town in Eleven Stories. Meet more of them Friday, July 31, 7:30pm, when Neofotis reads at Magers & Quinn Booksellers. Details are here.–David E