Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier
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This magnificent novel by one of America’s finest writers is the epic of one man’s remarkable journey, set in nineteenth-century America against the background of a vanishing people and a rich way of life.

At the age of twelve, under the Wind moon, Will is given a horse, a key, and a map, and sent alone into the Indian Nation to run a trading post as a bound boy. It is during this time that he grows into a man, learning, as he does, of the raw power it takes to create a life, to find a home. In a card game with a white Indian named Featherstone, Will wins – for a brief moment – a mysterious girl named Claire, and his passion and desire for her spans this novel. As Will’s destiny intertwines with the fate of the Cherokee Indians – including a Cherokee Chief named Bear – he learns how to fight and survive in the face of both nature and men, and eventually, under the Corn Tassel Moon, Will begins the fight against Washington City to preserve the Cherokee’s homeland and culture. And he will come to know the truth behind his belief that “only desire trumps time.”

Brilliantly imagined, written with great power and beauty by a master of American fiction, Thirteen Moons is a stunning novel about a man’s passion for a woman, and how loss, longing and love can shape a man’s destiny over the many moons of a life.


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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 October 3, 2006 by Random House. 432 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Like “Cold Mountain,” Charles Frazier’s new novel combines a love story with a picaresque journey, but “Thirteen Moons” is a considerably airier production.

Sep 29 2006 | Read Full Review of Thirteen Moons: A Novel

The New York Times

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The protagonist of Charles Frazier’s second novel is trying to save the Cherokee.

Oct 29 2006 | Read Full Review of Thirteen Moons: A Novel

The Guardian

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Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier 432pp, Sceptre, £17.99 Imagine it is 1838 and you are a young lieutenant sent by your government to the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina with orders to round up a bunch of renegade Cherokee Indians who are resisting removal from their ancestral lands.

Dec 02 2006 | Read Full Review of Thirteen Moons: A Novel

The Guardian

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Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier Sceptre, £17.99, pp432 Charles Frazier's second novel takes care not to labour too anxiously in the shadow of his first, the American Civil War saga Cold Mountain, which nine years ago rose from nowhere to the top of the New York Times bestseller list and was la...

Dec 03 2006 | Read Full Review of Thirteen Moons: A Novel

Examiner

This book is highly recommended for anyone who enjoys personal history as well as the culture of the Native American.

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Book Reporter

In Will Cooper, Charles Frazier has brought to life a narrator and protagonist whose life story gathers many of the forces that shaped our nation in the 19th century: greed, ambition, shrewd intelligence, romance and racism.

Jan 23 2011 | Read Full Review of Thirteen Moons: A Novel

AV Club

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Not much happens in Charles Frazier's follow-up to Cold Mountain, but that isn't necessarily a reason to complain.

Nov 30 2006 | Read Full Review of Thirteen Moons: A Novel

USA Today

For lovers of literary fiction, for lovers of romance, for lovers of 19th-century America and for lovers of a great, gorgeous story, Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain was a spectacular find.Here was an instant 20th-century classic that came out of nowhere from a middle-aged novelist making his deb...

Oct 12 2006 | Read Full Review of Thirteen Moons: A Novel

About.com Bestsellers

Will Cooper is of the grand lineage of classic woodsman like Davy Crockett and Natty Bumppo.The beautiful and grandiose writing can pause to reflect on the complexity of life and the mystery of nature as if admiring the divine.ConsThe story loses its sense of direction and purpose two-thirds of t...

Nov 01 2013 | Read Full Review of Thirteen Moons: A Novel

Bookmarks Magazine

Ruth Ann Grissom New York Times 2.5 of 5 Stars "Whereas the love story in Cold Mountain felt like a real romance between two real people, fleshed out in intimate psychological detail, the one in Thirteen Moons feels more like an authorial construct between his hero and a beauteous wraith wh...

Aug 22 2007 | Read Full Review of Thirteen Moons: A Novel

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