Varner on his memior at New Dominion

books-varnerJay Varner will present selections from his new memoir Nothing Left to Burn on Thursday, November 18 at 5:30 pm at New Dominion Bookshop. Note: This event was originally scheduled for the evening of October 29 but, due to the President’s visit to Charlottesville, was postponed until November 18.

Nothing Left to Burn is a memoir that looks into the life of a family that has spent years harboring secrets, both dark and volatile. It tells the story of a son’s relationship with his father, the fire chief and a local hero, and his grandfather, a serial arsonist.

When Jay Varner, fresh out of college, returns home to work for the local newspaper, he knows that he will have to deal with the memories of a childhood haunted by a grandfather who was both menacing and comical and by a father who died too young and who never managed to be the father Jay so desperately needed him to be. In digging into the past, he uncovers layers of secrets, lies, and half-truths. It is only when he finally has the truth in hand that he comes to an understanding of the forces that drove his father, and of the fires that for all his efforts his father could never extinguish.

Jay Varner is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he earned his MFA in creative nonfiction. He currently lives in Charlottesville. This is his first book.