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By Charles Frazier

ISBN-10: 0802197175

ISBN-13: 9780802197177

Publish 12 months note: First released in 1997
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In 1997, Charles Frazier’s debut novel Cold Mountain made publishing background while it sailed to the pinnacle of The ny Times best-seller checklist for sixty-one weeks, received quite a few literary awards, together with the nationwide booklet Award, and went directly to promote over 3 million copies.

Now, the loved American epic returns, reissued by means of Grove Press to coincide with the book of Frazier’s eagerly-anticipated moment novel, Thirteen Moons. Sorely wounded and fatally upset within the scuffling with at Petersburg, a accomplice soldier named Inman comes to a decision to stroll again to his domestic within the Blue Ridge mountains to Ada, the lady he loves. His trek around the disintegrating South brings him into intimate and occasionally deadly communicate with slaves and marauders, bounty hunters and witches, either useful and malign. even as, the intrepid Ada is attempting to restore her father’s derelict farm and studying to outlive in an international the place the previous certainties were swept away. because it interweaves their tales, Cold Mountain asserts itself as an actual odyssey, highly robust, majestically attractive, and keenly moving.

Literary Awards
National ebook Award for Fiction (1997)
American Booksellers e-book Of The 12 months Award for grownup exchange (1998)
Exclusive Books Boeke Prize (1998)
Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction (1998)

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I am said to have made the company laugh but no one can recall my witticism. I was precocious. I was a genius for the piano. I had a high opinion of myself. By 1812, the year I turned seven, I was accomplished in Latin and Greek. It was during this very particular summer that the Hero of the Vendée arrived at the Château de Barfleur. It was my father’s birthday but the visitor brought no gift—or left arm either, the latter presumably sliced away by some horrid machine. His empty white silk sleeve was like a ghost, but what I noticed most of all was my mother.

She knew each house by family name. “There, Blacksmith, there,” she cried. ” At that moment there appeared, on the penumbra of the wavering light, some towering phantom, as tall as a house, pressing down toward the carriage, bleeding black against the charcoal sky. “Maman,” I shrieked. ” she demanded, her voice rising to a pitch quite equal to my own. I was literally dumb with terror, all the hairs on my neck and head bristling. I could do no more than point. ” She saw, then slapped my leg. ” If it was the Blacquevilles’ wisteria it was also a living thing, abused, attacked, wounded, hacked, pulled away from the house so it teetered in a mass above our heads.

Shortly before lunch I observed, with some alarm, a swarm of the strange Paris servants piling various items of my clothing, willy-nilly, upon the billiard table. Having at first taken exception to their appalling method, it took me a moment to see, among the tangle, the Ch’ien-lung bowl. Then I finally understood why she, a servant, had called me a pauvre petite créature. I was to be sent away with her. When my mother confirmed these fears, I threw up on my shoes and declared myself too sick to travel.

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