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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Patty Pick - 1/2/2014 - "Nightwoods" by Charles Frazier


I must be one of the few Southerners that did not like "Cold Mountain" by Charles Frazier! However with "Nightwoods", Charles Frazier redeemed his writing skills to me. (I'm sure he is not worried!) I really liked this book and I wanted more of it and more of the characters. That's when you know it is a good book. 
The main character, Luce, definitely grows on you. You pull for her to overcome her circumstances and be happy. As her life unfolds in the book, you want her to find someone or something to fill her lonely existence, and then the children arrive. 
Delores and Frank do not sound like children names and they do not act like 
children at first. But thru the trouble they cause, Luce, can see the pain and anxiety they are suffering from due to the murder of the their mother, Lily, Luce's sister. As Luce works to break into the walls they have built around themselves, Stubblefield arrives to further add to the drama. He has changed from the boy she once knew.
Luce has been living and caring for an old hotel owned by Stubblefield's father. Stubblefield comes home to claim his inheritance. To further add to the mix, Bud slinks into town looking for the children. Even though Bud is thought to be Lily's killer, the police could not find enough evidence to hold him. Mix all these interesting people together and stir. Luce must use all her skills to work for a solution and protect the children. She has to learn to depend on other people for one of the first times in her life. 
I don't want to spoil this one for you because it is one you will want to read for yourself!