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Nightwoods

by Charles Frazier

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    readaholic12: Beautiful descriptive prose, North Carolina mountain setting, unusual characters, very touching.
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Not a consistently good read, but definitely worth sticking through. The last half is definitely more well put together than the first half. A well told tale. ( )
  deldevries | Jan 31, 2016 |
Lola raised two kids and then was murdered. Her sister Luce took them. They would not speak and were very destructive.
The murderer is still around. Luce leads a very different life from most people her age. The rural area of Appalachia offers a good drama. ( )
  pgabj | Jan 23, 2016 |
The narration/reading by Will Paton was mesmerizing. Plus, I really liked the strong female character, Luce. ( )
  PaperDollLady | Dec 17, 2015 |
Another wonderful piece of writing by Frazier although I did not like as much as Cold Mountain. Life in the Appalachian mountains is well described with great characters and attention to detail. I felt the part about the two children a bit over the top, but ... ( )
  repb | Sep 14, 2015 |
Frazier writes with a deeply-evocative sensibility of the Appalachian mountains and about the current of violence that runs through the lives of some of the people who live there. The principal characters -- Luce and the two children of her murdered sister -- have escaped from the violence in their past by living in and isolated derelict mountain lodge where Luce is the caretaker. Violence continues to stalk them when the murderous husband of Luce's husband shows up and the novel moves toward a suspenseful climax.

The tone of the novel is somber and the plot line is enhanced by Frazier's skillful use of the mountain environment. The isolation the characters have sought as refuge they come to realize will not shield them and they determine in the end to confront the peril facing them in a dramatic fashion.

While not quite achieving the depth as Frazier's Cold Mountain this is nonetheless well worth the read. ( )
  stevesmits | Feb 14, 2015 |
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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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Luce's new stranger children were small and beautiful and violent.  She learned early that it wasn't smart to leave them unattended in the yard with the chickens.
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Don't chase it, and it will come back.    Stubblefield
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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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