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The extraordinary author of Cold Mountain and Thirteen Moons returns with a dazzling new novel of suspense and love set in small-town North Carolina in the early 1960s.

Charles Frazier puts his remarkable gifts in the service of a lean, taut narrative while losing none of the transcendent prose, virtuosic storytelling, and insight into human nature that have made him one of the most beloved and celebrated authors in the world. Now, with his brilliant portrait of Luce, a young woman who inherits her murdered sister's troubled twins, Frazier has created his most memorable heroine.

Before the children, Luce was content with the reimbursements of the rich Appalachian landscape, choosing to live apart from the small community around her. But the coming of the children changes everything, cracking open her solitary life in difficult, hopeful, dangerous ways.

Charles Frazier is known for his historical literary odysseys and for making figures in the past come vividly to life. Set in the 20th century, Nightwoods resonates with the timelessness of a great work of art.

Review:

"National Book Award — recipient Frazier's third novel (after Thirteen Moons) turns around Luce, a beautiful and lonely young woman who has retreated to a vast abandoned lodge in the mountains of Appalachia. Traumatized by negligent parents ('Mother a long-gone runaway. Father, a crazy-ass, violent lawman'), Luce now lives off the land in relative contentment — until her sister Lily is murdered, and Lily's deeply damaged twins, Dolores and Frank, are sent to live with her. We are briefly allowed to hope for happily-ever-after when an old flame of Luce's, a thoughtful and kind man by the name of Stubblefield, reenters her life, but he is not the only newcomer to town. Unbeknownst to Luce, her sister's husband — and killer, Bud, on the prowl for money he believes Lily's children stole from him, has arrived and will readily perform sudden, cold violence on anyone who stands in his way. Frazier's characters lack nuance (they are either very, very good or very, very bad) and his prose is often self-consciously folksy. But his great strength, as well as presenting us with a fully realized physical backdrop, is the tenderness with which he renders the relationships at the core of this book, creating a compelling meditation on violence and the possibility that human love can heal even the deepest wound." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"Magical....fascinating and moving...You will find much to admire and savor in Thirteen Moons." USA Today

Review:

"A boisterous, confident novel that draws from the epic tradition: It tips its hat to Don Quixote as well as Twain and Melville, and it boldly sets out to capture a broad swatch of America's story in the mid-nineteenth century." The Boston Globe

Review:

"Frazier works on an epic scale, but his genius is in the details — he has a scholar's command of the physical realities of early America and a novelist’s gift for bringing them to life." Time

About the Author

Charles Frazier grew up in the mountains of North Carolina. Cold Mountain, his highly acclaimed first novel, was an international bestseller and won the National Book Award in 1997. His second novel, Thirteen Moons, was a New York Times bestseller and named a best book of the year by the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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I really loved the writing in this book. I felt like I was right beside the characters, living every moment written on the page.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400067091
Author:
Frazier, Charles
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20110927
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.53 x 6.55 x 0.99 in 1.14 lb

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Product details 272 pages Random House - English 9781400067091 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "National Book Award — recipient Frazier's third novel (after Thirteen Moons) turns around Luce, a beautiful and lonely young woman who has retreated to a vast abandoned lodge in the mountains of Appalachia. Traumatized by negligent parents ('Mother a long-gone runaway. Father, a crazy-ass, violent lawman'), Luce now lives off the land in relative contentment — until her sister Lily is murdered, and Lily's deeply damaged twins, Dolores and Frank, are sent to live with her. We are briefly allowed to hope for happily-ever-after when an old flame of Luce's, a thoughtful and kind man by the name of Stubblefield, reenters her life, but he is not the only newcomer to town. Unbeknownst to Luce, her sister's husband — and killer, Bud, on the prowl for money he believes Lily's children stole from him, has arrived and will readily perform sudden, cold violence on anyone who stands in his way. Frazier's characters lack nuance (they are either very, very good or very, very bad) and his prose is often self-consciously folksy. But his great strength, as well as presenting us with a fully realized physical backdrop, is the tenderness with which he renders the relationships at the core of this book, creating a compelling meditation on violence and the possibility that human love can heal even the deepest wound." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Magical....fascinating and moving...You will find much to admire and savor in Thirteen Moons."
"Review" by , "A boisterous, confident novel that draws from the epic tradition: It tips its hat to Don Quixote as well as Twain and Melville, and it boldly sets out to capture a broad swatch of America's story in the mid-nineteenth century."
"Review" by , "Frazier works on an epic scale, but his genius is in the details — he has a scholar's command of the physical realities of early America and a novelist’s gift for bringing them to life."
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