Thirteen Moons (novel)

Thirteen Moons (novel)

"Thirteen Moons" is an historical novel published in October 2006 by American author Charles Frazier, his second book after the award-winning "Cold Mountain". It is loosely based on the life of William Holland Thomas.

Frazier’s "Thirteen Moons" is the story of one man’s life, spanning a century of immense change. [ [ Random House blurb] ] It is primarily set in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in America. A 12-year-old orphan, Will Cooper, is given a horse, a key, and a map, and then sent on a journey through the wilderness near the Cherokee Nation, in what is now North Carolina. When Will is discovered by the native Americans, he is adopted by the Cherokee Nation and its chief.

"Thirteen Moons" leads the reader from the wilderness of an unspoiled continent, across the South, up and down the Mississippi River, and then into a new capitol, Washington, D.C.Washington City. All throughout this tale, Will admires the beauty of the nineteenth century while living amidst the era of a changing continental domestication; the early 20th century. With its rich historical tapestry, woven throughout vivid scenes of early American grandeur, "Thirteen Moons" again evokes the style and imagery of early America by the gifted author.


Charles Frazier was given an advance payment of over $8 million for a proposal that became "Thirteen Moons". [cite news | author=Shira Boss | url= | title=The Greatest Mystery: Making a Best Seller | publisher=The New York Times | date=2007-05-13 | accessdate=2007-11-04 ] The book had an initial print run of 750,000 copies, but sold only approximately half of them. It is estimated that Random House lost 5.5 million dollars on the advance. [ [ Have We Reached the End of Publishing as We Know it?] ] .

External links

* [ Watch Charles Frazier talk about his new book "Thirteen Moons"] December 6, 2006 (video)


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Saturn's moons in fiction — Several of Saturn s natural satellites have figured prominently in works of science fiction. Saturnian system Some works of fiction refer to several of Saturn s moons, or to no specific moon. * Animorphs novel series. The creature called the… …   Wikipedia

  • Bloom (novel) — infobox Book | name = Bloom title orig = translator = image caption = author = Wil McCarthy illustrator = cover artist = Rick Berry country = United States language = English series = genre = Science fiction novel publisher = Del Rey Books… …   Wikipedia

  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder — Infobox actor name = Rainer Werner Fassbinder caption = Fassbinder on the set of Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) with actress Hanna Schygulla in the background birthdate = birth date|1945|5|31|mf=y birthplace = Bad Wörishofen, Bavaria, Germany… …   Wikipedia

  • literature — /lit euhr euh cheuhr, choor , li treuh /, n. 1. writings in which expression and form, in connection with ideas of permanent and universal interest, are characteristic or essential features, as poetry, novels, history, biography, and essays. 2.… …   Universalium

  • Charles Frazier — Born November 4, 1950 (1950 11 04) (age 61) Asheville, North Carolina, U.S. Occupation Writer Nationality American Genres …   Wikipedia

  • 2006 in literature — The year 2006 in literature involved some significant events and new books. BooksLiterature* Against the Day (November 21) Thomas Pynchon * Black Girl / White Girl Joyce Carol Oates * Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures Vincent Lam * The Children s …   Wikipedia

  • William Holland Thomas — (February 5, 1805 ndash; May 10, 1893) was a Cherokee chief and an officer in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War.Becoming Cherokee at heartWilliam Holland Thomas was born to Temperance Calvert Thomas and Richard Thomas in a …   Wikipedia

  • Witch's ladder — A witch s ladder (also known as rope and feathers , witches ladder, witches ladder, or witch ladder) is a fetish, in folk magic or witchcraft that is made from knotted cord or hair, that normally constitutes a curse. Charms are knotted or braided …   Wikipedia

  • Earth in science fiction — Earth An overwhelming majority of fiction is set on or features the Earth. However, authors of speculative fiction novels and writers and directors of science fiction film deal with Earth quite differently from authors of conventional fiction.… …   Wikipedia

  • Dates of 2005 — ▪ 2006 January This is a unique case of a people under occupation being asked to hold free and fair elections when they themselves are not free.… It s an important internal test, and I think it s a turning point. Palestinian legislator Hanan… …   Universalium

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.