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Nightwoods: A Novel | [Charles Frazier]

Nightwoods: A Novel

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....
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2011 Charles Frazier (P)2011 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

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)

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    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 10-05-11
    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 10-05-11 Member Since 2003

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    "Disappointing"

    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.

    17 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    eddie canton, NC, United States 10-10-11
    eddie canton, NC, United States 10-10-11
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    "Another great novel by Charles Frazier"

    Great characters, plot and setting. Wouldn't be surprised if this novel makes it to the "silver screen" very soon.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    lora CORUNNA, ON, Canada 05-29-14
    lora CORUNNA, ON, Canada 05-29-14 Member Since 2012

    Mother of teenaged bear, Wife to chaos, Warrior

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    "I need a campfire"

    I loved this story it was believable and sweet. The ending was enough and it all work out

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    Nancy Reeves 04-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved Cold Mountain? You'll like this, too."
    Where does Nightwoods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Will Patton does an excellent job of transporting you to the Ozarks. The narrator frequently makes, or breaks, the book. You won't be disappointed with the time you spend listening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Nightwoods?

    Don't want to do any spoilers, so I'll just say some relationships and many actions come as a big surprise.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve MOBILE, AL, United States 01-01-14
    Steve MOBILE, AL, United States 01-01-14

    Inside the mind is like jumping into heaven or hell, whenever the wayfarer sees fit.

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    "So slow"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More dialogue for a performer in the caliber of Will Patton. Very slow and way overboard on the descriptive narrative of the the story. I'm sure Will must have wanted to doze off during that reading.


    What could Charles Frazier have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Add some dialogue and points that the reader can sustain the interest.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Will Patton is outstanding, and made the book bearable.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis APO, AE, United States 02-10-13
    Dennis APO, AE, United States 02-10-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Incredible imagery"
    What did you love best about Nightwoods?

    The author describes the natural beauty of the world the characters inhabit with uncanny accuracy.


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    Margaret San Jose, CA, United States 09-24-12
    Margaret San Jose, CA, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Engaging"

    Pulls you right in. Yes, a bit raw at times but so real. Loved the character of Luce. Her ability to overcome a hard life and offer nurturing to her sister's children show the best of human nature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Glenda COMMERCE, TX, United States 09-03-12
    Glenda COMMERCE, TX, United States 09-03-12
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    "Southern poetry"

    I've listened to this twice because Will Patton's softly Southern voice is so perfect for this odd mystery. Frazier's writing is poetic and haunting, and the audiobook is the perfect medium for this work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    PJ Eustis, FL, United States 08-08-12
    PJ Eustis, FL, United States 08-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful"

    I think I enjoyed this more in audible format than I would have reading it. The writing is stellar--the descriptions vivid and rich, the characters well drawn and the plot interesting. The narrator was topnotch with appropriate accents to keep the changing narrative point of view at the forefront. He did an excellent job. I was sorry to see this book end.

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    Thomas Gardner Laguna Niguel 08-06-12
    Thomas Gardner Laguna Niguel 08-06-12 Member Since 2011

    Literary Genius

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    "A Trip To Another Place and Time"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Nightwoods to be better than the print version?

    Because of the narration performance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Nightwoods?

    When the children are riding Sally into the woods.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Bud's death monologue.


    Who was the most memorable character of Nightwoods and why?

    The twins, because of the haunting way they were characterized by Frazier.


    Any additional comments?

    Awesome book, fantastic performance by Will Patton.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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