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Nightwoods by Charles Frazier
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Sep 04, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: arc, location-usa-south
Read from August 30 to September 03, 2011

Following Charles Frazier's stunning debut with Cold Mountain, anxious readers waited 10 years for his next book, hoping to regain the majesty and flow of that iconic award winner. Thirteen Moons, his followup, did not get critical or popular accalim, and almost six years has passed before the release of this much anticipated Nightwoods, which fulfills the promise of Frazier as a writer of beautiful, sensuous fiction.

In other reviews I have noticed that Southern writers evince a care of craft which seems to stem from a patience not to rush a book to publication before it has been written to their satisfaction. This book is no exception.. Frazier brings his state of North Carolina into focus so clearly that the mountainous landscape becomes a character in itself, not merely a backdrop. It shapes the characters with its challenges and beauties. Luce, the truly original heroine of this book, joins Ada and Ruby, his former creations, women in extraordinary circumstances who though ingenuity and grit withstand unbearable hardship. This book has a more contemporary setting than the previous two, but is still set 50 years in the past, qualifying it as an historical novel. It is also more of a page turner, a truly suspenseful story with many characters marked with the stamp of originality and in some cases, humor. This novel proves that Charles Frazier can work in many genres and stretch his imagination in more than one direction.
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