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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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    Peter Middleton, WI, United States 12-04-11
    Peter Middleton, WI, United States 12-04-11 Member Since 2008

    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.

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    "authentic and compelling"
    Would you listen to Nightwoods again? Why?

    no, because the story is gripping and tight, and once known would not be as suspenseful on a second listen


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Nightwoods?

    the children lost on Sally (the horse) in the mountains


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    Litt--great characterization of a good ole boy


    Any additional comments?

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    eddie 10-10-11
    eddie 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.

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    Roxi 07-17-15
    Roxi 07-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Intriguing"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Taylor Dallas, TX 05-10-15
    Richard Taylor Dallas, TX 05-10-15 Member Since 2003
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    "Beautifully written, not much plot"
    If you could sum up Nightwoods in three words, what would they be?

    Beautifully written imagery


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book for character and lovely descriptions, but don't expect a great resolution.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RNT Memphis, TN USA 03-17-15
    RNT Memphis, TN USA 03-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "a rare 5 stars"

    This is a wonderful story, beautifully read. The characters are engaging and the plot is exciting.

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    Marni Gable 02-02-15
    Marni Gable 02-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I'll listen to anything narrated by Will Patton."

    Story was intriguing, but the ending petered out... I really love these books but I'm left wanting answers. If I'm supposed to use my imagination, why buy a book at all?

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    loralou 05-29-14
    loralou 05-29-14

    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 2015
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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.


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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


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    Dennis 02-10-13
    Dennis 02-10-13

    steenbergend

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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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