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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. 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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 408.23g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • large type edition
  • 0739378406
  • 9780739378403
  • 713,375

About Charles Frazier

Charles Frazier grew up in the mountains of North Carolina." Cold Mountain," his highly acclaimed first novel, was an international bestseller and won the National Book Award in 1997. His second novel, "Thirteen Moons, " was a "New York Times "bestseller and named a best book of the year by the "Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune," and "St. Louis Post-Dispatch." "From the Hardcover edition."show more

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Praise for "Nightwoods" "Nightwoods is no typical thriller....its dazzling sentences are so meticulously constructed that you find yourself rereading them, trying to unpack their magic...the unhurried, poetic suspense is both difficult to bear and IMPOSSIBLE TO SHAKE."--"Entertainment Weekly " "FANTASTIC ... an Appalachian Gothic with a low-level fever that runs alternately warm and chilling." --"The Washington Post" "No writer today crafts more exquisite sentences than Charles Frazier." --"USA Today" "ASTUTE AND COMPASSIONATE . . .a virtuoso construction . . . with wickedly wry dialogue reminiscent of the best of Charles Portis, Larry Brown, and Cormac McCarthy." --"The Boston Glob"e "HIS BEST BOOK TO DATE. Frazier's exquisitely efficient style is matched by some finely tuned suspense." --"The Times (London)" "Frazier has taken a fast-paced genre and subverted it at every turn, offering a closer look at the nature of good and evil and how those forces ebb and flow over time." --"Atlanta Journal Constitution" ..".[A] taut narrative of love and suspense, told against a gritty background of bootlegging and violence. The characters are rich and unforgettable, and the prose almost lyrical. This is Charles Frazier at his best. ...Just mention a new novel by the "Cold Mountain" author, and a line will start forming." --"Booklist" ..".[T]hink Thunder Road meets Night of the Hunter meets old murder ballads. This is a suspenseful noir nightmare, complete with bootleggers and switchblades." --"The Daily Beast" "The story makes the book more than worthwhile, and the writing is as good as anything Frazier has created so far. ...[G]ripping story and engaging characters." -- "Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star" "[E]ngages your deep interest.... The book's ending is masterful, gratifying suspense-seekers as well as readers who like things working on many levels." -- "Asheville Citizen-Times" "Theshow more

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