Southern Author Event: Daren Wang - The Hidden Light of Northern Fires

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"Charlotte", NC
Southern Author Event: Daren Wang - The Hidden Light of Northern Fires Event date: Monday, October 2, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm When Daren Wang was writing his debut novel, The Hidden Light of Northern Fires, he wanted the story to hit close to home—literally. After hearing and researching odd snippets of history about his hometown, Wang discovered that the house in which he grew up was, in fact, a converted barn once part of the Underground Railroad. The little hamlet where it was located, Town Line, NY, actually seceded from the Union and did not rejoin until 1946. Researching and piecing together stories about the region—including the life of the real Underground Railroad woman Mary Willis—inspired his compelling first novel about a woman who must risk her whole world in order to stand up for what she believes in. Mary Willis is an outcast, an outspoken abolitionist in a town of bounty hunters and anti-Union farmers. Helping runaways is the only thing that makes her life in Town Line bearable. When escaped slave Joe Bell collapses in her father’s barn, and the countryside is riled by the drumbeat of civil war and the promise of an extravagant bounty for the wounded fugitive, Mary finds herself drawn to the stranger in forbidden ways. She must ward off Confederate guerrillas and spies, Joe’s vengeful owner, and even her own brother to help the handsome fugitive cross to freedom. And, when rebels cross from nearby Canada intent on killing him, they bring the devastation of the brutal war to the town and the farm, threatening to destroy all that Mary loves.

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