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Nightwoods by Charles Frazier
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Oct 28, 11

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Read in October, 2011

This gothic mountain tale about a pair of feral twins and the backwoods aunt who takes them under her wing after their mother is murdered by her redneck lover is a much leaner, meaner read than the author's previous works, Cold Mountain and Thirteen Moons. Each character is fully realized (including a scene-stealing elderly pony named Sally) and the rural, 1960's North Carolina setting is beautifully evoked. The creepy black pond in the middle of nowhere that features prominently in the climax is particularly unsettling, and adds a sense of magically real menace. The ending wasn't quite as satisfying as I hoped, but Frazier's rich prose helped lessen the pain. If Cold Mountain was a better movie than book for you, give Frazier another chance with Nightwoods. A pitch perfect read for this spooky time of year.
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Jane Brant This review really captures the essence of what I felt when I read it.

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