Thursday, August 10, 2023, 7p | In-Person & Zoom Webinar | Registration Required
With author Karl Rhodes
Note: This is a Second Thursday Talk in deference to the Rockingham County Fair schedule.
Who in their right mind writes a novel with more than 500 endnotes handcuffing himself to the truth? Veteran journalist Karl Rhodes will talk about the challenges of writing historical fiction that adheres closely to a true story. (Almost no one does this.)
Karl’s great-great-grandmother, Peggy Rhodes, ran a busy depot on the underground railroad that helped draft dodgers and deserters escape the Confederacy. She did so while her husband, Henry, was dying of consumption. She also ran the farm, raised five children, and served as a postmaster for the underground.
Readers of all ages will enjoy reading about and peering into the distant and recent past.
*technically, endnotes, but the who could resist the alliteration?
An Early Review
Sadly there is no genre wide enough to encompass the important new work by Karl Rhodes, Peggy’s War, (Dale Enterprise Literary Society, Richmond Va., 2023). Neither purely narrative history, nor easily categorized as historical fiction, Rhodes’s meticulously-researched opus is a powerful catalogue of source material compended together in the form of a speculative historical retelling. . . . Readers of all kinds from the family room to the archivist’s cubicle will appreciate Rhodes’s book, which if there is justice, will take its place among the classics of Rockingham County.
EK Knappenberger, MAR
Harrisonburg Va, June 2023