Nightwoods by Charles Frazier
A Novel

60%

14 Critic Reviews

It’s just a shame that readers have to take his message on patience to heart in order to enjoy Nightwoods’ most chilling scenes.
-AV Club

Synopsis

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
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 Charles Frazier

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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.
 
Published September 27, 2011 by Random House. 273 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Nightwoods
All: 14 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 7

Kirkus

Excellent
on Sep 01 2011

Where his debut...won the literary lottery as an award-winning popular blockbuster, this suggests that Frazier is more than a one-hit wonder.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
on Sep 27 2011

Charles Frazier takes a good half of the novel setting this up...

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Star Tribune

Good
on Oct 08 2011

...there is always an earthy, offbeat beauty to the writing that is all Frazier's own, and it's this beauty, along with his vividly human characters...that make "Nightwoods" such a fresh, engrossing read.

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Washington Times

Good
on Dec 09 2011

His character development is quirky but very effective, and his descriptive powers are, as usual, first-rate.

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AV Club

Below average
on Nov 02 2011

It’s just a shame that readers have to take his message on patience to heart in order to enjoy Nightwoods’ most chilling scenes.

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Entertainment Weekly

Below average
on Sep 22 2011

By the book's climactic scenes in the shadowy mountain forest that gives Nightwoods its title, the unhurried, poetic suspense is both difficult to bear and impossible to shake.

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LA Times

Below average
on Oct 23 2011

The landscape of the book may be vivid and poetic throughout, but descriptions of beauty alone don't make a novel. In "Nightwoods," the landscape overshadows the humans it's supposed to illuminate.

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Christian Science Monitor

Good
on Oct 21 2011

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 recreated landscape...

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The Seattle Times

Below average
on Nov 08 2011

Unfortunately, a predictable plot makes even the foreshadowing seem obvious.

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Oregon Live

Above average
on Oct 29 2011

...he tells a plain, old story about people who believe they are weak when in fact they are strong.

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About.com

Good

Development of memorable characters, the use of music, and the distinctive voices of the people of western North Carolina all contribute to creating a winning combination, one that is sure to garner universal praise.

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The Columbus Dispatch

Good
on Oct 23 2011

In the end, the verisimilitude of the North Carolina backwoods and how the place shapes the characters brings the story alive.

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About.com Bestsellers

Excellent
on Sep 27 2011

The prose is mystifying, the setting hallucinatory. You won’t want to put this down as your dawn turns to dusk.

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Independent Weekly

Below average
on Sep 28 2011

The characters are types, the plot elements are secondhand and mechanically deployed...

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