Rebecca Davis, "Amidst this Fading Light"
Rebecca Davis, Amidst this Fading Light
Tuesday, January 29, 7pm
Mired in tradition and hearsay, Germantown was dominated by a few old families and their influence from their founding. All that changed once the Pickett family came to town. No one was certain what to make of the strangers at first, and no one could have predicted what they’d bring with them. After the family brought unbelievable tragedy to the small town, those remaining were left with a hard lesson to learn. 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.
A native North Carolinian, Rebecca Davis decided in first grade to be a writer, after she wrote a story about becoming a paleontologist. She likes the idea of truth in story-telling—stories that are not only true about humanity but also sprinkled with historical realities, and that show the reader various facets of personal interaction. Inspired by a gruesome murder that occurred near her hometown of Germanton, NC in 1929, Rebecca wants readers to feel the gravity of tragedy, yet still feel the potential for growth and hope. She attended Salem College and earned master’s degrees from Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Currently, she teaches writing at Salem College.