"In some ways, 'Varina' can be read as an antidote to 'Gone With the Wind.'"
"This is V’s story, but Blake is a cogent critic who keeps her memories anchored in others’ reality."
"Frazier’s historical research generally sits lightly on the story, almost always embedded gracefully in dialogue, a small telling incident or a sharp memory of kindness or brutality. His prose is both of the characters’ time and perfectly evocative."
"Elegiac without being exculpatory, it is an indictment of complicity without ignoring the historic complexity of the great evil at the core of American history."