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Nightwoods by Charles Frazier
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.
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In a welltold tale about life in the Appalachian countryside in the 1960s, the author paints a picture of the struggles of life.

Luce lives by herself in an old lodge. When the owner died, she took it upon herself to act as caretaker of this former summer retreat by a man made lake.

When Luce's sister is murdered, the state places her two children in Luc's care. She felt that she didn't have a choice, it was either with her or the twins would have been slpit up and placed in adoption agencies.

This is an example of the Naturalistic literature where the character's environment and heridity predetermine what is the characters path with little that they can do to change the direction of their lives.

Bud is the children's father and is a cold blooded killer. His willingness to kill others with little prevocation reminded me of the excellent character Anton Chigurh from "No Country for Old Men."

Charles Frazier is a wonderful story teller and with this book reaffirms his place as one of the best literary writers working today.
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