This book is the movie tie-in to the Bafta award winning movie, directed by Anthony Minghella.
For his first novel, former writing instructor Frazier draws on his family history. A wounded Confederate soldier walks home through the ravaged South to a sweetheart who has been as changed by the war as he. A 40,000-copy first printing; sold to BOMC and Quality Paperback Book Club.
YA‘As he recuperates in a North Carolina hospital from a serious wound sustained at Petersburg in 1864, Inman decides he's had enough. Knowing that he soon will be pronounced fit for duty, he climbs through a hospital window and starts walking home to Cold Mountain. Meanwhile, on the mountain, Ada struggles to subsist on her own. Her father's death has left her with a rundown farm and little of the know-how to care for it or for herself. Salvation arrives via concerned neighbors who send her Ruby, a no-nonsense, hard-working, illiterate young woman. The two women form an immediate bond and routine‘Ruby tutors Ada in farming and domestic chores during the day while Ada reads aloud from classic literature in the evenings. Frazier intersperses scenes of Ada and Ruby's home front with the perils Inman encounters on his trek through the wilderness. Meticulous, sometimes chilling, authenticity permeates the novel. YAs will be fascinated by the degree of historical detail, engrossed by the will-he-make-it aspect of Inman's adventures, and utterly taken with even the minor characters in this exceptional story.‘Dori DeSpain, Herndon Fortnightly Library, Fairfax County, VA
Rich in evocative physical detail and timeless human insight, this debut novel set in the Civil War era rural South considers themes both grand (humanity's place in nature) and intimate (a love affair transformed by the war) as a wounded soldier makes his way home to the highlands of North Carolina and to his prewar sweetheart. Shot in the neck during fighting at Petersburg, Inman was not expected to survive. After regaining the strength to walk, he begins his dangerous odyssey. Just as the traumas of life on the battlefront have changed Inman, the war's new social and economic conditions have left their mark on Ada. With the death of her father and loss of income from his investments, Ada can no longer remain a pampered Charleston lady but must eke out a living from her father's farm in the Cold Mountain community, where she is an outsider. Frazier vividly depicts the rough and varied terrain of Inman's travels and the colorful characters he meets, all the while avoiding Federal raiders and the equally brutal Home Guard. The sweeping cycle of Inman's homeward journey is deftly balanced by Ada's growing sense of herself and her connection to the natural world around the farm. In a leisurely, literate narrative, Frazier shows how lives of soldiers and of civilians alike deepen and are transformed as a direct consequence of the war's tragedy. There is quiet drama in the tensions that unfold as Inman and Ada come ever closer to reunion, yet farther from their former selves. BOMC and QPB selections; paperback rights to Vintage; rights sold in Germany, the U.K. and France; film rights sold to Lynne Pleshette. (June) FYI: Frazier's great-great-grandfather was the source of this story about a Civil War soldier who deserted and walked home.