Nightwoods by Charles Frazier
Charles Frazier is one of my favorite authors, so I greeted this new novel gratefully. It was totally engrossing. The main character, Luce, is a young independent woman who forsakes society and relationships for a peaceful love affair with nature. Everything is upset by the arrival of her sisters two children. Her sister was murdered by her demented husband and the children were witnesses to the crime. They did not speak. Not to Luce, or anyone else the trauma was so great. This is storytelling at it's best. Here you have mystery, humor, loneliness and love taking turns in Luce's extremely interrupted life. I read this book the same day I received it with just a quick stop for dinner, that is how compelling it was. This one goes straight to the bestseller list.