Nightwoods: A Novel (Paperback)

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Brilliant characterizations enveloped in a suspenseful plot remind the reader what great literature is. The story, set in late 1950's North Carolina, vibrates with emotion, yet the writing is precise and delivers a stunning impact. This novel will haunt you. — Karen Frank

This book has an almost folkloric quality to it, with unforgettable characters living outside of society – some with peace and dignity, others frightening in their ferocity and oddity. Frazier’s descriptions of people and place are exquisite. I couldn’t put this book down until the end, which is appropriately ambivalent. — Louise Jones


Charles Frazier, the acclaimed author of Cold Mountain and Thirteen Moons, returns with a dazzling novel set in small-town North Carolina in the early 1960s. 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. In a lean, tight narrative, Nightwoods resonates with the timelessness of a great work of art.
“Impossible to shake.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Fantastic.”—The Washington Post
“Astute and compassionate.”—The Boston Globe

About the Author

Charles Frazier grew up in the mountains of North Carolina. Cold Mountain, his highly acclaimed first novel, was an international bestseller and won the National Book Award in 1997. His second novel, Thirteen Moons, was a New York Times bestseller and named a best book of the year by the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Praise For…

“Incantatory prose . . . unexpected twists of plot . . . a look at the nature of good and evil and how those forces ebb and flow over time.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Nightwoods propels forward at a suspenseful clip. . . . It is Frazier’s verisimilitude of North Carolina backwoods and how this particular place shapes his characters and their footing in his imagined world that bring this story alive.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Wonderful . . . There’s a dreamy spell set in motion by Frazier’s devotion to his native Appalachians. To read this book is to disappear deep into a meticulously created landscape.”—The Christian Science Monitor
“A gorgeously written thriller, as brutal and unflinching yet tender and merciful as nature itself.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“A gritty new beauty of a novel . . . Its hero is a woman named Luce, and no woman could write a female character who rings any truer.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

Product Details
ISBN: 9780812978803
ISBN-10: 0812978803
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Publication Date: June 12th, 2012
Pages: 272
Language: English