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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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    Pete S 11-22-11
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    "Great Author, Great Narrator, Good Story"

    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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    CFT 11-22-11
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    "Hated it"

    The reader was excellelnt. The author really got into the head of a mentally disturbed sociopath but it was a depressing story with no redeeming qualities that I noted.

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    "Great writing and story"

    Sometimes I have trouble following a story when the good writing makes me want to read it on page. This book is very well written, with loads of beautiful metaphors and similes as well as descriptions, but the narrator was awesome; so the tense plot wasn't lost in the world of words. Loved it.

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    Jensen Asheville, NC, United States 11-16-11
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    "fantastic reading by Patton, great rural story"

    Will Patton does a fantastic job really transporting you through this rural world. I listened to this story when I was injured and unable to do anything but listen to audiobooks, and the immersion and beautiful descriptions in this book really helped me out. Highly recommended, and based on this reading am going to check out more books narrated by Patton.

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    Lowell Augusta, GA, United States 11-14-11
    Lowell Augusta, GA, United States 11-14-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A no action novel"

    If you like beautiful descriptions of nature with a story line in the background, this is for you. To me it was just boring. I expected more from the writer of Cold Mountain but it never showed.

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    G. Forde New Jersey 11-08-11
    G. Forde New Jersey 11-08-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Frazier is a gem"

    Fans of Cold Mountain will not be disappointed. This is a great character book that is dark sad and satisfying. It reads like poetry and that might not be everyone's bag but you can really see the story, sad and dark as it is. Loved it.

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    Jane Camilla, GA, United States 10-29-11
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    "First to worse"

    Cold Mountain is my favorite book of all time. I have read it at least five times.
    As an author, Frazier has made (at least by my lights) two huge mistakes. First he killed off Inman, and then as if that was not bad enough, he wrote "Nightwoods", an unpleasant book about unpleasant people.
    Maybe the shooting of Inman was all a bad dream and he could be brought back to life so Frazier could get back to storytelling and thrilling me to death again.
    "Nightwoods", which is little more than an overwritten "Night of the Hunter" knockoff,f is now right at the bottom of my list.
    And by the way I have not forgotten "Thirteen Moons" even though I wish I could.

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    Linda B. San Francisco, Ca 10-20-11
    Linda B. San Francisco, Ca 10-20-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful story"

    This was a very enjoyable book with sympathetic characters. There were no wasted words. Very elegant writing and wonderful narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deb 10-20-11
    Deb 10-20-11

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    "This incredible combination - Charles and Will"

    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!

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    Cris Lake Waccamaw, NC, United States 10-28-11
    Cris Lake Waccamaw, NC, United States 10-28-11 Member Since 2013
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    "I loved this book!"

    I read Cold Mountain and thought it was wonderful but I have somehow forgotten about Charles Frazier. I plan to read everything he has written. Will Patton was just perfect to tell the tale of Nightwoods.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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