Cannonball Read IV

A bunch of Pajibans reading and reviewing and honoring AlabamaPink.

Sophia’s #CBR4 Review #8 Nightwoods by Charles Frazier

I think I was browsing through the relatively limited Kindle selection at my library when I saw Nightwoods (2011) by Charles Frazier. Since I’ve both read Cold Mountain and really enjoyed the movie, I figured Nightwoods would probably be worth reading. And although it was an captivating and well-written novel, I lost some interest in the second half of the book.

The story begins with Luce, a woman of indeterminate age, who has given up on society. She lives by herself in an abandoned hotel, across a lake from a small, rural town in the Appalachian mountains. When her only sister is murdered, Luce takes in her sister’s two small children because there is no one else to care for them.

The beginning of this story immediately drew me into the novel. Luce is an independent and interesting character. There are mysterious questions surrounding how Luce ended up where she was, what happened to the children, what happened to their mother, and if they are still in danger. The violence in the novel is so unexpected and uncontrollable that it was truly terrifying. Also, Frazier gives just enough detail about each character that you can sense how deeply hurt they’ve been in the past. And after understanding their struggles, the small bits of hope and change you start to see are very welcome.

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