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)
This book was just a bit too raw for me. The characters weren't relatable, the mood was very Southern and the energy very masculine. The connections with nature and wilderness, which were part of what made "Cold Mountain" so beautiful to listen to, only served in this novel to underscore the angry, hostile and generally negative aspects of human emotion.
There wasn't anything particularly interesting about the historical period - this story could have staged at any time, and actually I felt while reading this book that I was way back "when" - at some other time before the events were said to take place. Perhaps that has more to do with the way things were in the South in the 60's, than with anything about Frazier's narrative style or the characters themselves.
I found the narrator's tones to be very coarse and rough-sounding - nothing like the elegant Southern rhythm and harmonies in Frazier's reading of "Cold Mountain".
But I'll end this review on a positive note - Frazier's writing is flawless, with a very sensitive ear for phrasing, and his mastery of detail is unequalled amongst most current writers. It's always a treat to listen to anything written by Charles Frazier; this story line however, just happened to fall a little to far on the dark side.
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.
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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
This was a very enjoyable book with sympathetic characters. There were no wasted words. Very elegant writing and wonderful narration.
Unlike most others, I thought Thirteen Moons was brilliant, his best work. I listen to that book to take me somewhere else. Nightwoods did that too and there's something about Frazier's writing and Patton's narration that is mesmerizing, thoroughly enchanting. It inevitably, within seconds takes me way way faraway some place else, in the wilderness, in forests, by gushing rivers....Frazier is my most admired writer. There's something about him that is hard to qualify, guess his writing and Patton's narration penetrate deep inside one's soul, its a dreamy, misty, musical ride. It is a spiritual journey, unforgettable!
The subtle development of the story combine with Will Patton's (usual) pitch perfect narration. Feels like I'm right there in the story. Makes me want to go find those mountains and the folks who live in them.
This story pulls you in right from the beginning. Charles Frazier builds his characters with depth and much introspection into life and shows us how resilient we are in the the face of circumstances we have no control over and turns the story into a mystery story.
Another awesome narration by Will Patton...a must listen to book.
Beautifully written imagery
Like everything read by Will Patton, Nightwoods sounds lovely and poetic. Of course he picks wonderfully written works, as this novel is. But, then again, I was thoroughly impressed at the gravity and drama in his reading of the credits at the end! Wow! I don't doubt Will Patton could instill rapt attention reading the phone book.
Read this book for character and lovely descriptions, but don't expect a great resolution.
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