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Nightwoods by Charles Frazier


It's a fact of life that there is nothing we can do about the parents we are born to and even less the siblings we are related to. Sometimes we get lucky and our siblings marry great people. Sometimes they don't. When we meet Luce, she seems to have adjusted and overcome her parents and the events of her past. In fact, her life seems pretty pleasant and simplistic. She pretty much lives on the food she is able to grow, has simple pleasures and has not fallen prey to the materialistic world around her. Living in the Appalachian foothills, she takes care of a lodge that once upon a time hosted rich families who came to enjoy the summer sun and lake swimming. Her daily life is taken up by maintaining the garden and doing the things around the place that need taking care of. At night she falls asleep to the sound of the only station that comes through, a country station that sings melancholy songs of love. In fact, it's the only way she can get to sleep, its crooning blocking out the vacant sounds of the lodge's past visitors. She figures she's lonely, but only when she's trying to get to sleep. Her tranquil life comes to a screeching halt when she takes her dead sister's children in. Dolores and Frank are like something out of a horror film. She assumes it has to do with the trauma of being a witness to their mother's murder. Every game they play involves kindling and in a few instances, matches. They are stealthily quiet. Did I mention they don't talk? Soon the father comes looking for them. And the grandson of the lodge's owner arrives. Pretty soon, Luce's nights aren't lonely anymore. Check catalog for availability.

Submitted by Mary S. @ Bay View

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