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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 6/2012
Although not as well known as Frazier's Cold Mountain, this southern gothic novel set in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina leaves a lasting impression. After being raped by a respected member of the community, Luce retreats to a lodge nestled among the mountains outside of town, living peacefully in her self-imposed seclusion. One day her peace is shattered when two children come into her life bearing a terrible secret that forces Luce to fight in order to protect herself and the lives of these myserious children. Frazier's writing is very clean, creating a beautiful backdrop for the violence which creeps into Luce's world.