Cold Mountain: A Novel

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Dec 1, 2007 - Fiction - 464 pages
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In 1997, Charles Frazier’s debut novel Cold Mountain made publishing history when it sailed to the top of The New York Times best-seller list for sixty-one weeks, won numerous literary awards, including the National Book Award, and went on to sell over three million copies. Now, the beloved American epic returns, reissued by Grove Press to coincide with the publication of Frazier’s eagerly-anticipated second novel, Thirteen Moons. Sorely wounded and fatally disillusioned in the fighting at Petersburg, a Confederate soldier named Inman decides to walk back to his home in the Blue Ridge mountains to Ada, the woman he loves. His trek across the disintegrating South brings him into intimate and sometimes lethal converse with slaves and marauders, bounty hunters and witches, both helpful and malign. At the same time, the intrepid Ada is trying to revive her father’s derelict farm and learning to survive in a world where the old certainties have been swept away. As it interweaves their stories, Cold Mountain asserts itself as an authentic odyssey, hugely powerful, majestically lovely, and keenly moving.
 

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An extremely well written novel. The 2 main characters you mostly fall in love with and want at the same point to be them and are grateful that you are not them. Read full review

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User Review  - ajarn7086 - LibraryThing

Inman is a Confederate soldier and he is not very happy about it. After a hospital stay for a wound, he decides to leave the military life and return home. Maybe he will reunite with Ada; he hopes so ... Read full review

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Contents

the shadow of a crow
1
the ground beneath her hands
25
the color of despair
67
verbs all of them tiring
90
like any other thing a gift
109
ashes of roses
131
exile and brute wandering
145
source and root
173
freewill savages
282
bride bed full of blood
296
a satisfied mind
321
a vow to bear
343
naught and grief
355
black bark in winter
368
footsteps in the snow
389
the far side of trouble
397

to live like a gamecock
201
in place of the truth
234
the doing of it
258
spirits of crows dancing
425
epilogue October of 1874
436
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Page 15 - ... through which the glittering brook which watered the meadows ran rapidly down, dashing and roaring over high rocky steps. Continued yet ascending until I gained the top of an elevated rocky ridge, when appeared before me a gap or opening between other yet more lofty ascents, through which continued as the rough rocky road led me, close by the winding banks of a large rapid brook, which at length turning...

About the author (2007)

Charles Frazier grew up in the mountains of North Carolina. He now lives in Raleigh with his wife and daughter, where they raise horses. Cold Mountain is his first novel. His second, Thirteen Moons, will be published by Random House on October 3rd, 2006.

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