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Thirteen Moons: A Novel
by Charles Frazier

Published: 2006-10-03
Kindle Edition : 432 pages
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This magnificent novel by one of America’s finest writers is the epic of one man’s remarkable journey, set in nineteenth-century America against the background of a vanishing people and a rich way of life.

At the age of twelve, under the Wind moon, Will is given a horse, a key, and ...
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This magnificent novel by one of America’s finest writers is the epic of one man’s remarkable journey, set in nineteenth-century America against the background of a vanishing people and a rich way of life.

At the age of twelve, under the Wind moon, Will is given a horse, a key, and a map, and sent alone into the Indian Nation to run a trading post as a bound boy. It is during this time that he grows into a man, learning, as he does, of the raw power it takes to create a life, to find a home. In a card game with a white Indian named Featherstone, Will wins—for a brief moment—a mysterious girl named Claire, and his passion and desire for her spans this novel. As Will’s destiny intertwines with the fate of the Cherokee Indians—including a Cherokee Chief named Bear—he learns how to fight and survive in the face of both nature and men, and eventually, under the Corn Tassel Moon, Will begins the fight against Washington City to preserve the Cherokee’s homeland and culture. And he will come to know the truth behind his belief that “only desire trumps time.”

Brilliantly imagined, written with great power and beauty by a master of American fiction, Thirteen Moons is a stunning novel about a man’s passion for a woman, and how loss, longing and love can shape a man’s destiny over the many moons of a life.

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by KIMCONANT (see profile) 02/04/15

 
  "Thirteen moons"by mgcashion (see profile) 02/04/15

Very well written epic story of one man's life in the days of early America. Insightful, thoughtful, philosophical, political views of life then. I found it long and drawn out in too many places. I skim... (read more)

 
by Kathyreads (see profile) 02/04/15

 
  "Good discussion of a mediocre book"by operalover (see profile) 11/15/08

We had a good long discussion of this book - most found the characters and story mediocre, and the writing wonderful.

 
  "Fascinating story of a man trying to preserve a way of life for the only family he knows, the Cherokees"by hlarson (see profile) 09/20/08

Loosely based on the life of William Holland Thomas, Thirteen Moons, is the poetic story of bound boy taken in by a Cherokee chief. As a man, he does all he can to preserve their land and way of life,... (read more)

 
  "the whole club agreed"by Eviee2013 (see profile) 09/09/08

No one could finish this book - out of 12 members, only the person recommending the book read it from start to finish. REAL slow moving.

 
  "Young man goes to Cherokee nation and learns to live as Cherokee while keeping white identity also."by madnessgreyday (see profile) 10/26/07

Interesting enough story. Disappointed in the love story part, never really understand why he loves her so much and why she would not commit to him.

Well written, very descriptive.

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