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Nightwoods by Charles Frazier


by Charles Frazier

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Not as much mystery and thriller as I was expecting.
The writing is good. Lots of wonderful descriptions of the nature and mountains of Appalachian North Carolina. It's lonely, wild, serene.
The characters are interesting and broken. Lots of room for healing, building up and (hopefully) moving forward in a strong manner.
This is more a story of family and healing.
That said, this would make a great movie. Hollywood would add the terror and horror this family went through in a dramatic, on-the-edge-of-your-seat way. ( )
  PetraBC | Oct 23, 2014 |
I just listened to this for a second time (Aug. 2014), not remembering it from the first time---still gets four stars. Frazier writes about the outdoors so fluidly that you can see it all in his descriptions. ( )
  nyiper | Aug 21, 2014 |
Highly unreadable. I got half way through and skimmed the rest. An interesting idea poorly executed. ( )
  lloyd1175 | Mar 22, 2014 |
Nightwoods. Charles Frazier. 2011. It has been so long since I have read Cold Mountain that I don’t remember much except that I did not like it as much as most people did, but I cannot remember why, but I really did enjoy this book! Luce lives a quiet life in the Appalachian Mountains as a caretaker of an uninhabited lodge until the two children of her murdered sister come to live with her. They are strange children: it is obvious that they’ve been horribly abused and/or exposed to horrors they cannot talk about. The children do not talk and to not have anything to do with anybody. Luce is still trying to build trust with the children when Stubblefield the grandson of the deceased owner of the lodge shows up. They are getting to know each other and life seems to be smoothing out when a stranger appears, takes over from the local bootlegger, and ingratiates himself among the members of the community. He her brother-in-law, fresh out of prison and determined to destroy the children. The suspense is intense and the prose is beautiful. ( )
  judithrs | Aug 29, 2013 |
This book was slow but southern. I loved it because it had that black grit in it that can only be found in the south. It had all the right things, murder, fire and wayward children. Can't wait for his next book. ( )
  Alexander19 | Jul 15, 2013 |
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Among James Fenimore Cooper’s many literary offenses, Mark Twain charged, was “surplusage.” The word’s undue thickness perfectly matches its meaning. It also feels of a piece with Cooper’s own prose, and likewise Charles Frazier’s: elegantly archaic-sounding, rough-cut and contrived.
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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.
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Damaged woman with
Damaged kids, trying to live...
Meet their nemesis

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Charles Frazier, the author of National Book Award winning Cold Mountain, presents a new novel. In Nightwoods, Frazier envisions a late 1950s North Carolina through the eyes of Luce, a single woman who must care for the quiet twins of her murdered sister, Lily.… (more)

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