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Zoom Speaker Series: Harriet Welty Rochefort

September 9, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Enjoy a break in your daily routine & join us for a mid-day Zoom lecture! The Library Society is thrilled to virtually host author Harriet Welty Rochefort, ‘zooming in’ all the way from France, to discuss her recent novel, “Final Transgression”. This Zoom lecture is free & open to the public but requires an RSVP. To RSVP, fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

NOTICE: Zoom event links and passwords are always distributed on the day of the event to the email you RSVP with in the form below. The email that will be sending the link and password will be dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org. If you have any questions, please call 843-723-9912

To purchase your copy of Final Transgression, click here.


Two sisters, two lives. In Final Transgression, 85-year-old Caroline Aubry tells the tale of the tragic wartime destiny of her beloved younger sister, Severine. From their humble beginnings in a hamlet in the southwest of France to a castle where Severine becomes the protegée of the. beautiful countess who employs their parents, their trajectories differ. After the family moves to Paris, the pragmatic Caroline becomes a successful designer and the high-spirited Severine marries a rich jeweler. When WW2 breaks out and her collaborationist husband betrays her, the headstrong Severine flees to the castle and the countess –– in spite of warnings about the risks of traveling to an area that is a fierce battleground for rival groups of resisters, Nazis and collaborators. Severine is beautiful and intelligent but obstinate and unaware, two traits that in wartime will ultimately seal her fate. The end of the war in France was a time for settling scores. Severine, an ordinary woman living in extraordinary times, unwittingly hands the hangman’s noose to her enemies in one egregious act––her final transgression.


Harriet Welty Rochefort grew up in Iowa, traveled to France after graduating from college, and never left. She is the author of three nonfiction books about the French: French Toast, French Fried and Joie de Vivre, all published by St. Martin’s Press. Final Transgression is her first work of fiction. Harrietlives with her French husband, Philippe, in Paris.


September 9, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm