The Second Mrs. Hockaday

Susan Rivers, a playwright and resident of the Upstate, will visit Charleston to discuss her debut novel, "The Second Mrs. Hockaday," at noon Friday, June 29, at a Blue Bicycle Books Author Series Luncheon hosted by Halls Signature Events, 5 Faber St.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $30 for the three-course luncheon, or $50 to add a signed copy of the book. Go to

Rivers is the author of the plays "Overnight Lows" and "Understatements." She earned her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte.

Her novel is inspired by actual events of 1865 and explores the plight of Southern women whose husbands were called to fight in the Civil War. The narrative of "The Second Mrs. Hockaday" unfolds in letters, diary entries and inquest reports, bringing to life the story of 17-year-old Placidia, who marries a Confederate soldier in haste and, days later, is left alone to care for his 2-year-old child and manage his isolated 300-acre farm in rural South Carolina. Two years later, Placidia is bound for jail, accused of bearing a child and murdering it in her husband's absence.

—Adam Parker