CLARA SILVERSTEIN, raised in Richmond, Virginia, is the author of the memoir "White Girl: A Story of School Desegregation," a chronicle of trying to achieve social justice during busing; and "Secrets in a House Divided: A Novel of Civil War Richmond." A former food writer at the Boston Herald, she is also the author of three cookbooks: "The Boston Chef’s Table; ""A White House Garden Cookbook;" and the top-selling "New England Soup Factory Cookbook" with chef Marjorie Druker. Clara’s articles and essays have appeared in publications including the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, American Heritage, Runner’s World, and The Boston Globe. Her poems have been published in journals including Blackbird and posted at Boston City Hall. The former program director of the Chautauqua Writers’ Center, she has taught writing workshops, and given presentations at the Associated Writing Programs national conference, the National Archives, and on Martha Stewart Living Radio. She and her husband live near Boston.
Secrets in a House Divided: A Novel of Civil War Richmond
Set in Richmond, Virginia as the Confederacy is about to topple, Secrets in a House Divided reveals the complicated relationship across racial lines between two women on the home front. Each one faces increasingly fraught risks and consequences, enduring unimaginable hardships as she fights to protect what she holds most dear. The novel exposes the forces behind the end of slavery, whose echoes continue today.
Awards and Recognition
- Secrets in a House Divided was a finalist for Historical Fiction in the 2018 Foreword INDIES awards.