Thursday, April 12, 2012


Being lost means nothing. Especially when being found seems like a thing to avoid. Charles Frasier.

The woods can be a place of peace and solitude or a place of loneliness and danger. Nightwoods, by Charles Frazier, is set in a small town in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina in the early 1960s. Luce lives a solitary life away from town as the caretaker of an old abandoned guest lodge at the edge of the woods. She finds the lodge the perfect place to hide away from a life filled with hurt and disappointment. Her life changes suddenly when she acquires the children of her murdered sister, Lily. The blond, dark eyed, fire starting, mute, twin children are even more damaged and emotionally scarred than Luce herself, evoking in her long dormant emotions. When the owner of the lodge, Old Stubblefied, passes away, his grandson comes to survey his inheritance. Acquaintances in youth, Luce and the younger Stubblefield begin a cautious relationship. Luce, Stubblefield and the children are beginning to trust each other when evil arrives, threatening their fragile trust, love and lives. Sometimes it is safer to remain hidden in the woods. This book is about healing, justice and redemption. I liked the edge of your seat suspense but would also recommend this book for its beautiful descriptive language. Charles Frazier is also the author of Cold Mountain and Thirteen Moons.

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