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 twentieth century, Nightwoods resonates with the timelessness of a great work of art.
From the Hardcover edition.
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PRAISE FOR CHARLES FRAZIER: “Natural-born storytellers come along only rarely. Charles Frazier joins the ranks of that elite cadre on the first page of his astonishing debut.” (Newsweek on Cold Mountain)
“Prose filled with grace notes and trenchant asides ... a Whitmanesque foray into America: into its hugeness, its freshness, its scope and its soul ... such a memorable book.” (The New York Times Book Review on Cold Mountain)
“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 on Thirteen Moon)
On a much smaller scale, it reminded me of Jim Harrison's Legends of the Fall.
Luce - she is a very wise, brave, and down-to-earth woman. No frills or pretensions.
I especially like Will's voice. His narration was superb. I also liked the characters.
the writer's style
when the children were riding the pony
the children, I would like to know more about them
Detailed and vivid descriptions of a small Appalachian town and surrounding mountains. The characters are arguably stereotypical, but feel real and tangible. The story is deeply satisfying and riveting. Well narrated, particularly Bud and the other male characters.
Charles Frazier is one of my personal favorite writers. The characters are haunting & stay with you. The characters & the choices they make are...while sometimes heartbreaking...compelling and thought provoking. Again, a beautifully written story with perfect attention to detail and emotion. Suggest also listen to: Thirteen Moons by same author & narrator.
The narration is superb. Have no doubt that Patton will put you right there, in the scene. Mr. Patton has a true gift for this & is especially well suited to Frazier's characters & the mood of the story. His delivery is moving and thoughtful. THANK YOU Will Patton for NOT choosing to alter your voice to portray the character's gender.
I am not quite done yet with the story but thus far, I am really enjoying Stubblefield & his insights into Luce's behavior, and his utter adoration of her despite her protective bubble.
Tell us about yourself!I am an avid reader but enjoy listening while waking to work, ironing, doing dishes, etc. Listening to novels is an entirely different experience than reading; a well narrated story is a cross between drama and written fiction. Listening to books on Audible has been a wonderful experience.
no, because the story is gripping and tight, and once known would not be as suspenseful on a second listen
the children lost on Sally (the horse) in the mountains
Litt--great characterization of a good ole boy
The whole experience of listening to a graceful, intense, and poetic story read by a superb and nuanced reader is one of the great joys of the
I loved Frazier's use of language, and Patton's narration was pitch perfect. Even though I thought I knew what was going to happen - and I was wrong - they kept me on the edge of my seat.
OK, I know no one watches old movies anymore -- but if you have seen Robert Mitchum in 'Night of the Hunter' you pretty much have the jist of this book. I kept thinking of the film the whole time I was reading and there is something so like about them -- ex-con has everyone fooled into thinking he is a good guy but meanwhile stalking two orphan kids looking for money hidden by the childrens dead parent. The adult characters are interesting, but the children are just wooden puppets and not fleshed out. I kept waiting for a back story on some of the supporting characters but, alas, one never emerged. There is a mysterious location in the woods, but it is not explored -- it's just well -- a metaphor. Blah. I enjoyed 'Cold Mountain' more. This book kills of one of it's best characters too soon and the story goes flat at the end -- very unsatisfying. Also, I can't understand the romance between the two central adults -- the attraction seems like nothing more than two people thrown to-gether -- why does it stick? Who knows? Are we supposed to fill in the blanks?
I could listen to Will Patton all day long. Great narrator.
I love Charles Frazier writing. His usage of words at times is pure poetry.
I listened to 13 moons (another Charles Frazier book) on audio and this book takes place in the very mountains where I live and I'm also Cherokee. Wonderfully written and I go to the hotsprings in nc and soak from time to time like so many from the past.
I love Charles Frazier's book's, his style and phrasing. This is an enjoyable story but not his best, certainly not a waste of your credit. Will Patton's narration is wonderful as usual.
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