At the age of twelve, under the Wind Moon, Will is given a horse, a key, and a map, and sent alone into the Indian Nation to run a trading post as a bound boy. It is during this time that he grows into a man, learning, as he does, of the raw power it takes to create a life, to find a home. In a card game with a white Indian named Featherstone, Will wins -- for a brief moment -- a mysterious girl named Claire, and his passion and desire for her spans this novel. As Will's destiny intertwines with the fate of the Cherokee Indians, including a Cherokee Chief named Bear, he learns how to fight and survive in the face of both nature and men, and eventually, under the Corn Tassle Moon, Will begins the fight against Washington City to preserve the Cherokee's homeland and culture. And he will come to know the truth behind his belief that 'only desire trumps time'. Brilliantly imagined, written with great power and beauty by a master of American fiction, Thirteen Moons is a stunning novel about a man's passion for a woman, and how loss, longing and love can shape a man's destiny over the many moons of a life.
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'What makes it so appealing is the voice of Will Cooper, which is potent, wry, insightful and utterly convincing. The writing provides a constantly inventive account of the physical world, one that suggests a naturalist's immersion rather than labours of library research. This articulate facility makes Thirteen Moons as rich a fiction as it is an eventful one.' -- Andrew Rosenheim, Time Literary Supplement 'Frazier's second novel is capable of considerable power when it is dramatising a great national trauma.' -- Stephen Amidon, The Sunday Times 'Its narrative has a thoroughly human scale and informs just as much as it moves and entertains' -- Frank Egerton, The Times 'THIRTEEN MOONS brings this vanished world thrillingly alive, retelling the agonizing stories of "the Removal" (of Indians from their ancestral lands) and the lie of "Reconstruction"; creating literally dozens of heart-stopping word pictures ... building unforgettable characterizations of the sorrow-laden everyman Will ... One of the great Native American, and American stories, and a great gift to all of us, from one of our very best writers.' -- Kirkus Reviews 'The history that Frazier hauntingly unwinds through Will is as melodic as it is melancholy, but the sublime love story is the narrative's true heart.' -- Publishers Weekly 'THIRTEEN MOONS will provide the immense satisfaction of taking a literary journey of magnitude. Whether on a plane, in an office or curled in a window seat, readers who absorb Will's story will find their own lives enriched. THIRTEEN MOONS belongs to the ages.' -- LA Times Praise for COLD MOUNTAIN: -- - 'A remarkable first novel, a romance of love, of friendship, of family, of land. Frazier has inhaled the spirit of the age and breathes it into the reader's being' -- Erica Wagner, The Times 'Profoundly moving' -- Christina Patterson, Observer 'Enthralling, written in laconic, lucid prose that is a constant pleasure to read.' -- Daily Mail 'His second novel has landed at the top of the American bestseller lists. It seems well on its way to repeating the success of Cold Mountain... the result is a novel whose prose is so carefully wrought that it reads like fragments of a long poem.' -- Telegraph 'Frazier is a timeless master magician who renders the texture of the landscape, emotion and history of excruciatingly real. Every page seems to conceal a universal truth delicately argued.' -- Time Out 'It is this meeting of two conflicting ideas of personal and social history that gives Thirteen Moons its great wisdom... alive with wonder and adventure. Frazier is a wonderfully sensual writer, with a deep kinship to the damp Appalachian terrain on which he lives. The changing Indian moons of the title are beautifully evoked... Frazier is at his most effective as a novelist when he subscribes to the Tolstoyan view of history as a grand old mess.' -- Richard Godwin, Literary Review
About Charles Frazier
Charles Frazier grew up in the mountains of North Carolina. Cold Mountain, his highly acclaimed first novel, was an international bestseller, and won the National Book Award in 1997.
Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier
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