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Nightwoods: A Novel (edition 2012)

by Charles Frazier

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Title:Nightwoods: A Novel
Authors:Charles Frazier
Info:Random House Trade Paperbacks (2012), Paperback, 272 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:murder; north carolina; family

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Nightwoods by Charles Frazier

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Luce is living as a caretaker of a remote lodge in North Carolina. Mr. Stubblefield, the owner of the lodge has recently died, but Luce continues to live there because "... nobody else seemed interested in keeping it from growing over with kudzu until it became nothing but a green mound." Luce has also become the caretaker of Frank and Delores, her twin nephew and niece, after their mother was murdered by her husband, Bud. The children will not talk and are difficult to control, setting things on fire, killing chickens and constantly fighting with each other. Some people say that they are retarded, but Luce believes that they have been badly abused and traumatized. Meanwhile, Bud, a cold-blooded killer who carefully plots his evil moves, has been found not guilty of murder and returns to find out if Luce has the ten thousand dollars, the proceeds from one of his robberies, that his wife had hid from him.

Frazier weaves together an atmospheric story using believable dialogue and vivid descriptions of rural Appalachia. It sometimes feels like every word of every sentence has been carefully constructed to pull the reader in. The characters are realistic and fascinating, the plot is intense and it's a real page turner. A beautifully written book. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
I am thrilled to be one of the winners of this book, I find the premise intriguing and look forward to reading it!
  lostkiwi | May 26, 2016 |
I'm honestly struggling with this rating. I have such high regard for Charles Frazier's abilities. And I know that, if you want to study the approach of a master, you read his books more than once. Frazier has a true gift in describing the very being of his characters. For example, this quote from the first lines of the book: "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 chickens." And this quote tells you the guilt in violent Bud's mind: "It's cold and dry here. Dead leaves everywhere. Dark too, at the moment. But these bears are well known to nap all winter. As do snakes. After the first frost, the woods are safe as church. Which Bud rethinks immediately. Surely safer than church. Lifeless as these woods are now, all the blood must flow in summertime, whereas Jesus's blood covers the world every day of the year."

But there just weren't enough of these moments for me. Or, for my expectations of Mr. Frazier. So although a four is a high rating and probably correct, I somehow feel dissatisfied. ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
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 |
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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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