Charles Frazier's Thirteen Moons is the story of one man's remarkable life, spanning a century of relentless change. At the age of twelve, an orphan named Will Cooper is given a horse, a key, and a map and is sent on a journey through the wilderness to the edge of the Cherokee Nation, the uncharted white space on the map. Will is a bound boy, obliged to run a remote Indian trading post. As he fulfills his lonesome duty, Will finds a father in Bear, a Cherokee chief, and is adopted by him and his people, developing relationships that ultimately forge Will's character. All the while, his love of Claire, the enigmatic and captivating charge of volatile and powerful Featherstone, will forever rule Will's heart.
In a distinct voice filled with both humor and yearning, Will tells of a lifelong search for home, the hunger for fortune and adventure, the rebuilding of a trampled culture, and above all an enduring pursuit of passion. As he comes to realize, "When all else in lost and gone forever, there is yearning. One of the few welcome lessons age teaches is that only desire trumps time."
Thirteen Moons takes us from the uncharted wilderness of an unspoiled continent, across the South, up and down the Mississippi, and to the urban clamor of a raw Washington City. Throughout, Will is swept along as the wild beauty of the nineteenth century given way to the telephones, automobiles, and encroaching railways of the twentieth.
Nearly a decade has passed since Charles Frazier's melancholic Civil War-novel debut won the National Book Award and became a runaway bestseller, but the time has not been wasted. In THIRTEEN MOONS, Frazier tells the intricately researched and richly imagined life story of Will Cooper, an orphan who grows up to be a merchant, soldier, lawyer, senator, and surrogate Cherokee during the Trail of Tears, leaving him, in the end, a heartsick and bitter old man.
- Fiction + Literature Themes
- Conflicts + Dualities, Love + Relationships + Sex, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, War + Military
- October 3, 2006
- October 3, 2006
- Charles Frazier