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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

Critic Reviews

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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  • Lowell
  • Augusta, GA, United States
  • 11-14-11

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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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

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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Beautiful story

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

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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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  • Taryn
  • Suffern, NY, United States
  • 10-19-11

Nightwoods equals ambien

I found this book to be better than Ambien- a sleeping pill. It was totally boring and disappointing. I loved, Cold Mountain, the plot, the reading by the author, the language - everything. This book was slow and boring, the plot was not original and the reading was horrible. Will Patton has one monotone voice throughout and I found it extremely grating, not at all pleasant like Charles Frazier's was in Cold Mountain. Perhaps if I read it, it might have been better but I can't say for sure. To sum it up - if you are out of Ambien it might be a good purchase for you , just dont listen while driving!

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  • Cris
  • Lake Waccamaw, NC, United States
  • 10-28-11

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.

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great read

sad but wonderful story telling. Charles Frazier's writing style draws me in whatever the topic. Will Patton's narration is excellent as usual. I will certainly look for more projects by both.

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Seriously, Will Patton...

Great story, made that much better by Will Patton's narration. Glad I listened instead of read.

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Enjoyed, but...

I love Charles Frazier's writings and this book was no exception, however, this one was rather dark for my taste. As for the narration, I think Will Patton is the finest!

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