A Novel

eBook - 2011
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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, 2011
ISBN: 9780679644149
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Night woods


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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.

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!

Jan 04, 2013

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

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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