The Chattahoochee Review Guest Author Series is pleased to welcome 2014 Townsend Prize for Fiction finalist, Stacia Brown, to Georgia Perimeter College on Thursday, June 11, 2015, for a reading and discussion about the writing of her debut historical novel, Accidents of Providence. Set in England in the 17th century, against a backdrop of political rivalries between the monarchists of an executed King Charles I; the governing parliamentarians led by Oliver Cromwell; and The Levellers, a faction of agitators opposing both and demanding equal rights for all, Accidents of Providence explores “what is both gained and lost” when an ordinary tradeswoman upholds her right to silence over the expediency of confession regardless of the consequences that may befall her.
At the heart of the novel lies Rachel Lockyer, a fictional unmarried glovemaker, involved in an adulterous affair with historical figure and Leveller champion, William Walwyn. When Rachel is suspected to have buried the child conceived as a result of her affair with William—a violation of the 1624 Act to Prevent the Destroying and Murdering of Bastard Children—an investigation and public trial ensues, laying bare the religious, political, and sexual hypocrisies of the time. In a tale part murder mystery, part love story, Brown presents “a profound meditation on the nature of love and friendship, the active presence of God in the world, and the unavoidable spiritual tensions that arise between law and grace, necessity and possibility, self-sacrifice and self-preservation.”
To hear more about Stacia Brown’s writing, please join The Chattahoochee Review on Thursday, June 11 from 2 to 3 p.m., in the JCLRC Auditorium (CL-1100), on the Clarkston campus. All are welcome to attend, and faculty members are encouraged to bring their classes. Stacia Brown’s second historical novel, The Outside Lands, is forthcoming for 2016 publication. More information about the author can be found on her Website.
AUTHOR QUOTE: “I wanted to explore the moral consequences of inaction as well as action. The consequences of waiting too long—to do something, to become something, to say something—can be disastrous. But we all have been in such situations. You wait too long for the perfect person, that ideal mate. You wait too long to put an offer on the house. You wait too long to pursue a dream and suddenly can’t travel anymore; you can’t afford to go back to school. You wait too long to apologize and suddenly a relationship that mattered is irreparably damaged. I’m interested in how lives are changed by waiting, by hesitation, by those moments when we think we should do something but we don’t.”