Nightwoods

Nightwoods

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2011
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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. Simultaneous.

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& 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 Audio, p2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307966506
Branch Call Number: CDBOOK FIC FRA
Characteristics: 7 sound discs (9 hrs.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Patton, Will

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GOGETA1946 Nov 15, 2015

colorfully written, rich in texture, characters and drama, this work shows Frazier's understanding of life in the Appalachians. Will Patton's, smooth slight southern drawl reading lends a depth to the story that is not achieved in the book form. a thoroughly enjoyable listen.

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gusmcrae
Dec 03, 2014

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.

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FVReader
Oct 14, 2014

Not as much mystery and thriller as I was expecting.
The writing is good. Lots of wonderful descriptions of the nature and mountains of Appalachian North Carolina. It's lonely, wild, serene.
The characters are interesting and broken. This is more a story of family and healing.
This would make a great movie. Hollywood would add the terror and horror this family went through in a dramatic, on-the-edge-of-your-seat way.

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IV27HUjg
Oct 22, 2013

Not comparable to Cold Mountain, which probably cannot be matched. I liked it well enough & always enjoy listening to Will Patton read.

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mcspadden7
Mar 19, 2013

Beautifully read. Memorable characters and great story. Would definitely recommend this book!

gracindaisy Feb 18, 2013

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!

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LDPBLM
Jan 04, 2013

Oh , my - once again - snakes , vicious knife wounds , strong women complicated men , and a great story ! Bravo , Charles Frazier !

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beachcat2
Jan 25, 2012

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.

lilylibrarian Dec 19, 2011

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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