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Nightwoods

A Novel

Frazier, Charles, 1950-

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Nightwoods
Print
Random House, Inc.
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.

Baker & Taylor
Named the guardian of her murdered sister's troubled twins, Luce of 1950s rural North Carolina struggles to build a family with the children and a new romantic prospect before being targeted by the twins' father--her sister's killer--who believes that the children are in possession of a stolen cache of money. By a National Book Award winner.

Baker
& Taylor

Named the guardian of her murdered sister's troubled twins, Luce struggles to build a family with the children before being targeted by the twins' father--her sister's killer--who believes that the children are in possession of a stolen cache of money.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400067091
140006709X
Branch Call Number: FIC F
Characteristics: 259 p. ; 25 cm.

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Dec 03, 2014
  • gusmcrae rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Charles Frazier is a beautiful writer. He has a way with words that creates incredibly vivid worlds and characters. I found myself drawn into Nightwoods from the start. Luce is a woman who likes to live apart from everyone else. She finds her solitary existence in a run-down former lodge in the North Carolina mountains to be enough for her. When she is suddenly given care of her late sister's twins, she finds her life upturned. The children are quite strange--perhaps even damaged. Frazier weaves a beautiful tale as Luce finds ways to reach the children, despite their oddities. I truly enjoyed watching her learn how to connect with these children. The novel also follows 2 side tales--one of a the grandson of a local who comes back to town (and finds love with Luce) and one of the children's step-dad, a criminal named Bud who is bent on finding the money he thinks the children stole from him.

One comment on Frazier's writing. It is not light in any way. If you're looking for a fast read, or something that doesn't require a little bit of thought, you'd be better off looking elsewhere. I found passages of this book somewhat difficult to get through--particularly later in the novel and especially those ones focused on Bud. Most novels speed up for me as they go along--as they draw me in. And this one, kind of slowed down some for me. It's just the lazy reader in me that had a problem, though, so I can't really complain about Frazier's writing.

Feb 18, 2013
  • gracindaisy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In the North Carolina mountains, a young woman who inherits her murdered sister’s troubled twins, changing her solitary life in difficult, hopeful, dangerous ways. Superlative writing and suspense!

Jan 25, 2012
  • beachcat2 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Could not put it down - very suspenseful. I love the way he writes! I don't think I would read it at night, if I was alone - pretty scary.

Dec 19, 2011
  • lilylibrarian rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A book about survival, both in harsh physical conditions, and from emotional damage. Experience has made Luce isolate herself in an abandoned and dilapidated resort lodge until the murder of her sister leaves her in charge of two abused and silent preschoolers who soothe their fear by killing chickens and starting fires. Both suitor and murderer soon appear to further complicate her life.

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