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  • Hardcover: 422 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (NY); First Trade Edition First Printing edition (3 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375509321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375509322
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 3.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,145,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'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)

'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 )

'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)

'Its narrative has a thoroughly human scale and informs just as much as it moves and entertains' (Frank Egerton, The Times )

'THIRTEEN MOONS is a gorgeous book. THIRTEEN MOONS calls COLD MOUNTAIN to mind in its wonder at the natural world; its pacifist undercurrents; its dismay at the dismantling of what matters, and its conviction that one love, no matter how tortured and inexplicable, can be life-defining. The new novel is more ambitious and not always as tightly wound as its predecessor. But its history lessons are more fascinating and various, its prose more vivid and alive.' (Jeff Giles, Newsweek)

'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)

'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)

'Frazier's second novel is capable of considerable power when it is dramatising a great national trauma.' (Stephen Amidon, The Sunday Times)

'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)

'Its narrative has a thoroughly human scale and informs just as much as it moves and entertains' (Frank Egerton, The 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)

'Frazier is a timeless master magician who renders the texture of the landscape, emotion and history excruciatingly real. Every page seems to conceal a universal truth delicately argued.' (Time Out)

'Profoundly moving' (Christina Patterson, Observer)

'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)

Enthralling, written in laconic, lucid prose that is a constant pleasure to read. (Daily Mail)

'It is an ambitious, ranging novel that feels like an $8m read. Frazier has the big storyteller's art. He is a careful chooser of words and in his descriptions has a way of making us look more closely at horses, rocks and water. This is a satisfying armchair novel for those darkening Sunday afternoons. It succeeds through much of its considerable length as one of those books you don't want to end.' (Phil Hogan, Observer)

'most elegantly executed audiobook... Audio intensifies the effect of Frazier's remarkable gift for quirky, conversational prose that has both the rhythm and the intensity of poetry" (The Times)

'Frazier is a timeless master magician who renders the texture of the landscape, emotion and history all excruciatingly real . . . Every page seems to conceal a universal truth delicately argued.' (Time Out) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The epic journey of one man's life, by one of America's most outstanding writers, author of the phenomenally successful COLD MOUNTAIN. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Phil Gaston on 3 Oct 2006
Format: Hardcover
I must qualify my review by saying that cold Mountain was one of my favorite reads of the 1990s and I have patiently been waiting for Mr. Fraizer's sophomore effort. I was thrilled to receive an advance readers copy through a friend in the industry! The great news is "Thirteen Moons" proves the author is more than a one hit wonder. This is historical fiction at its best, as we follow the first person account of the 19th century frontier life of Will Cooper. Ala "Little Big Man" this is a first person account told by an old man at start of a new century, his life a relic of the past. I loved the opening chapter as the 90 year old, cantankerous Will answers his phone, and in the white noise of this modern marvel he can hear the voice of his lost love Claire.

Will Cooper starts out as an orphan who is sold by his relatives to an "antique gentleman" who puts young Will to work at a remote trading post. Here he comes in contact with the great Cherokee Nation. Will's life blossoms and he has great success and terrible failures as a lawyer, a merchant, and even a state senator. Through all of this his bonds with the Cherokees remains strong and central to the story, he even is made a white chief of the nation. Through the structure of Wills life the story of the Cherokee Nation is told. He bears witness to the heartbreaking removal of the people from their land and the tragic "Trail of Tears." Will fights for the confederacy during the Civil War, and meets many of the iconic figures of the times such as Davey Crockett and Andrew Jackson. Through out his life Will is haunted by the memory of his one true love, Claire, a girl he won in a card game when he was 12. (I am reminded of Gus's Clara from "Lonesome Dove"-I guess we all have our Clara?).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 April 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Frontier is a central concept in the American experience. While the most progress was usually made in the crowded cities of the East, the new American spirit, psychology, and perspective were born in the Frontier. Few can tell you much about Robert Fulton or Commodore Vanderbilt, but almost everyone can say something accurate about Davy Crockett.

In recent years, it has become popular to take the exalted view of the Frontier and to turn it into post-Modern ordinariness. Some do that with humor. Others do it by patching together wildly improbable events. I applaud those efforts because they bring balance back into something that has become too much of a myth.

Thirteen Moons is another shift in perspective, but one that's a shift aimed at creating a more normal view of the Frontier . . . one that escaped all but a few who actually lived in the Frontier. It's a perspective that views the Native American experience with the same validity and sympathy as the Frontiersmen's experiences. I found that refreshing.

So what's the story? Will Cooper, an orphan, is sold off as a bound apprentice to a trader and is to serve as the head of a trading post at the edge of the then-independent Cherokee Nation. Cooper's contacts are daily with the Native Americans and very rarely with those who resupply him. Not surprisingly, he grows up with a combined perspective that appreciates what "civilization" brings but honors and is uplifted by the real support he receives from Bear, the chief who adopts him into the tribe.

Cooper honors that relationship, even after the tide turns and the American government evicts the Cherokees. What's the plan? Cooper buys up enough of the unwanted high-altitude land to allow Bear's people to have a home without being moved further West.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Wynne Kelly TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Dec 2007
Format: Paperback
An American saga. Will Cooper looks back on his life and reflects on his reluctance to accept "modern ways". Will, an orphan at 12, becomes "bound" to a store owner and is sent off from his home to run a trading post in a remote community of Indians (with a few rag-tag white folks) He wins a girl at a card game - and he continually longs for her to be his. Chief Bear adopts him as a member of the Cherokee tribe, he takes part in the Civil War and eventually becomes a member of the senate.

Some brilliant evocative scenes, such as his time in the wilderness trying to survive and find his way to the store and the actual running of the store. His description of how the Indian tribes were forced out of their homelands is particularly harrowing.

The language is a bit flowery in parts but the whole story is told with warmth and affection for a lost world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura Merton on 26 Mar 2007
Format: Hardcover
It's been a long time since I enjoyed a book as much as this, as much for the writing itself as the story. Normally I am annoyed by literary self-consciousness from a writer but Charles Frazier manages to convey so beautifully, movingly and simply the details of his hero's life, from the major events to mundanities rich with significance. I found myself reading passages over and over again to relish their aching beauty.

It's true that this is not some tightly-plotted story. A very old man looks back on his life; he has lived through a period of tremendous change, and this book is a reflection of the sorrow and inevitability of change we all experience. It is also a book about belonging, unrequited longing, loneliness, and acceptance as well as friendship, purpose and natural wonder. North Carolina, its mountains, water and terrible beauty, is a main character in the book. Frazier's thoughts on the treatment of Indians in 19th century, and their lost wisdom, teaches us a great deal as well. And you come to know and love Will Cooper, its hero, and mourn for him when you leave its pages.

This is a novel to savour and dwell with, not a novel to grip you with tension. But shouldn't there be time in our lives for such savouring? If you read it with this in mind, it might become what it has for me, a novel you can see yourself reading over and over again with something new and affecting embracing you each time.
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