Elegant, elegiac prose
Charles Frazier's elegiac novel . . . lyrically resurrects the blasted but hauntingly beautiful Southern landscape just after the war . . . thanks to Frazier's delicate ventriloquism, Varina Davis becomes a marvelously fallible character, complicated enough to stand on her compromised own.
The narrative is sweeping and Frazier has a beautiful style of writing.
Clear-sighted depiction of culpable leaders in a divided America.
A visceral, powerfully written evocation both of the beaten South at the nadir and of one of its more unusual survivors.
Frazier works on an epic scale, but his genius is in the details - he has a scholar's command of the physical realities of early America and a novelist's gift for bringing them to life
Frazier is a writer whose spare prose paradoxically oozes atmosphere - you can almost smell the verdant pine trees and hear the crack of the twigs underfoot . . . Beneath the chilling, photogenic story, the writing remains beautiful.
A splendid historical novel just right for our time
Riveting...this is a sharp evocative novel
Frazier's writing is, as ever, spectacular in place.
'[A] fine historical novel ... A strong human story and, in the capable hands of Frazier, the author of Cold Mountain, is both emotionally engaging and rich in historical insights.
Riveting...this is a sharp, evocative novel
Lively...Frazier is a superb prose stylist who elevates the historical fiction genre.
Frazier is a superb prose stylist who elevates the historical fiction genre...his writing can be breathtaking
Superb...Frazier's historical research generally sits lightly on the story, almost always embedded gracefully in dialogue, a small telling incident or a sharp memory of kindness or brutality. His prose is both of the characters' time and perfectly evocative... A finely wrought novel that will reward re-reading. Elegiac without being exculpatory, it is an indictment of complicity without ignoring the historic complexity of the great evil at the core of American history.
Frazier's elegant prose and vivid, dreamy conjuring of V's youth and her attempted exodus has an air of romance about it ... Fascinating.
Here's a woman of the Civil War to outshine Scarlett O'Hara