By Julia Oliver
Devotion re-creates the lifetime of Varina Anne (Winnie) Davis, the youngest baby of Jefferson Davis, President of the accomplice States of the USA. Winnie was once no longer really a 12 months outdated while the kin fled the insurgent stronghold of Richmond because the Civil warfare was once finishing. Twenty-one years later, Winnie was once catapulted right into a megastar she didn't search. because the formally proclaimed Daughter of the Confederacy, she used to be awarded with nice fanfare at huge conventions of accomplice veterans from Texas to Virginia. within the overdue 19th century, Winnie Davis was once recognized right here and overseas as a leading cultural image of the South's misplaced Cause.
Yet she was once additionally a sophisticated, highbrow "New lady" who earned a dwelling as a journalist and novelist and traveled with the Joseph Pulitzers. Winnie's adoring fans frequently misinterpret her steadfast love for her father as unconditional help of the failed Confederacy and the outdated South's nostalgic beliefs of womanhood. Julia Oliver explores those contradictions from numerous angles. Winnie speaks from the pages of her magazine. different narrators comprise Winnie's shut buddy Kate Pulitzer; her sister, Maggie Hayes; and the affection of her existence, Alfred Wilkinson, the grandson of a well-known abolitionist.
From the portrayals of Winnie's romance, her relationships together with her mom and dad, her affliction and melancholy, and her ambivalent function as torchbearer for the misplaced reason emerges a tender lady whose conflicted life displays the tenor of the rustic within the aftermath of the Civil struggle. An intimate saga a couple of impressive, star-crossed family members, Devotion poignantly measures the large weight of reminiscence on participants stuck up within the sweep of history.