How does a community move on after unspeakable tragedy? Germanton native Rebecca Davis explores this question in her novel “Amidst This Fading Light.” This historical fiction book is loosely based on the notorious 1929 family murder that shocked residents in Stokes, Forsyth and surrounding counties.
Set against the backdrop of the rural North Carolinian piedmont during the Great Depression, “Amidst This Fading Light” explores life, death, and what it means to carry on as people deal with what fate brings upon them, both the light and the dark, to persevere and survive or be swept away by time and inescapable memory.
Rebecca Davis is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Salem College and holds degrees from Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Inspired by the gruesome murder that occurred near her hometown of Germanton, she began writing the novel while in college and published the book in 2018 on SFK Press.
The Stokes County Arts Council is hosting Davis for a book reading and signing at The Arts Place of Stokes, 502 Main Street, Danbury, on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 3pm. This event is free and open to the public. Copies of “Amidst This Fading Light” will be available for purchase. For more information, call 336-593-8159.