Author(s): Charles Frazier
At once a magnificent love story and a harrowing account of one man's long journey home, "Cold Mountain" introduces a stunning new talent in American literature. Based on local history and family stories passed down by the author's great-great-grandfather, "Cold Mountain" is the tale of Inman, a wounded soldier who walks away from the ravages of the Civil War and back home to Ada, his pre-war sweetheart. Inman's odyssey through the devastated landscape of the soon-to-be-defeated South interweaves with Ada's struggle to revive her father's farm with the help of a young drifter named Ruby. As their long-separated lives begin to converge at the close of the war, Inman and Ada must confront the vastly transformed world they've been delivered.
National Book Award Prize for Fiction (National Book Foundation) Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction (The Academy of Arts and Letters) "Charles Frazier has taken on a daunting task--and has done extraordinarily well by it... a Whitmanesque foray into America: into its hugeness, its freshness, its scope and its soul." --James Polk, "The New York Times Book Review" "Charles Frazier's feeling for the Southern landscape is reverential and beautifully composed. He has written an astonishing first novel." --Alfred Kazin, "The New York Review of Books" "An astonishing debut . . . The genuinely romantic saga of Ada and Inman is a page turner that attains the status of literature." --Malcolm Jones, "Newsweek" "A richly rewarding first novel . . . Wonderfully convincing, finely detailed." --"Christian Science Monitor" "Strikingly beautiful . . . In its vivid evocation of a time and place, its steady storytelling momentum, and its unabashed affirmation of a fiction that takes moral choice seriously, Cold Mountain calls to mind Snow Falling on Cedars." --"Newsday" "A great read--a stirring Civil War tale told with epic sweep [and] loaded with vivid historical detail." --"People" "As close to a masterpiece as American writing is going to come these days." --Fred Chappell, "Raleigh News & Observer" "This novel's landscape is finely drawn, full of dark beauty and presentiment, and so are its characters." --"The New Yorker" "Measured and graceful . . . savor it. You'll find the characters living in your head for a long time." --"Milwaukee Journal Sentinel" "An exciting work of fiction." --"The Washington Post Book World" "A rare and extraordinary book . . . heart-stopping . . . spellbinding." --"San Francisco Chronicle" "A haunting, beautifully written tale." --Deirdre Donahue, "USA Today" "Deserves all the literary prizes that might be lying about." --Kaye Gibbons "The novel is