Wed, Aug 30|
Rockfish Valley Community Center
WMRA's Micro Books & Brews: M.S. Marangione
WMRA’s Micro Books & Brews @ Rockfish Valley Community Center features M. S. Marangione, discussing her book, "Across the Blue Ridge Mountains"
Time & Location
Aug 30, 7:00 PM
Rockfish Valley Community Center, 190 Rockfish School Ln, Afton, VA 22920, USA
About the Event
WMRA’s Micro Books & Brews features Maggie Marangione, discussing her book, Across the Blue Ridge Mountains
Wednesday, August 30, 2023 at 7pm.
Live at Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Signed copies of, Across the Blue Ridge Mounains will be available at the event and online at Stone Soup Books.
WMRA's Micro Books & Brews is made possible thanks to our series sponsor, Realtor & Investor Bevin Cetta Boisvert. More info at Bevinsellscville.com
About Across the Blue Ridge Mountains:
Mary, the protagonist, makes a fateful decision to run off with a grifter to escape her abusive mother. The novel follows her exile from her family, abandonment in a West Virginia coal camp, and how she eventually flourishes with a family on Hightop Mountain in what is now Shenandoah National Park. Surrounded by nature, she heals from her traumas and discovers the power of female friendships. Empowered, she confronts the long arm of the federal government when over 1,000 families are told to abandon their homes and she fights to save her home and way of life. Even when the government burns down her home, her resilience and grace in the face of adversity become her beacon and ultimately deliver her from herself.
M.S. Marangione fell in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains when in her early twenties and moved to Virginia from New York. One evening, when at the Alexandria Public Library in Northern Virginia, she came across a display on Shenandoah National Park with photos of the mountain families and books like Hollow Folk, the Undying Past of Shenandoah National Park, Recollections; The People of the Blue Ridge Remember. At that time, the mid-1980s, these were the only books published, and Hollow Folk was highly biased. Yet, it lit a fire in her to discover more about the people and families of the Shenandoah National Park.