Originally published by Atlantic Monthly Press in 1997, Charles Frazier’s debut novel Cold Mountain
made publishing history when it sailed to the top of The New York Times
best-seller list for sixty-one weeks, won numerous literary awards, including the National Book Award, and went on to sell over three million copies.Cold Mountain,
the extraordinary story of a soldier’s perilous journey back to his beloved at the end of the Civil War, is at once an enthralling adventure, a stirring love story, and a luminous evocation of a vanished land, a place where savagery coexists with splendor and human beings contend with the inhuman solitude of the wilderness. Sorely wounded and fatally disillusioned in the fighting at Petersburg
, a Confederate soldier named Inman decides to walk back to his home in the Blue Ridge mountains
, the woman he loves. His trek across the disintegrating South brings him into intimate and sometimes lethal converse with slaves and marauders, bounty hunters and witches, both helpful and malign. At the same time, the intrepid Ada
is trying to revive her father’s derelict farm and learning to survive in a world where the old certainties have been swept away. As it interweaves their stories, Cold Mountain
asserts itself as an authentic odyssey, hugely powerful, majestically lovely, and keenly moving.
Charles Frazier reveals marked insight into man’s relationship to the land and the dangers of solitude. He also shares with the great nineteenth century novelists a keen observation of a society undergoing change. Cold Mountain
re-creates a world gone by that speaks eloquently to our time.
Anthony Minghella’s film adaptation received 7 Academy Award Nominations including Best Actor, Jude Law, and Best Supporting Actress, Reneé Zellweger.