At a glance:
- Author: Charles Frazier
- First Published: 1997
- Type of Work: Novel
- Type of Plot: Historical
- Setting: North Carolina
- Characters: Inman, Ada Monroe, Ruby Thewes, Stobrod Thewes, Solomon Veasey
- Genres: Long fiction, Bildungsroman, Historical fiction, Adventure, War fiction, Novel
- Subjects: Maturation or coming of age, United States or Americans, Traveling or travelers, Love or romance, Murder or homicide, South or Southerners, Nineteenth century, Class consciousness, Ministry or ministers, Civil War, War, Farms, farmers, or farming, Death or dying, Moral conditions, Home, Military life or service, Soldiers, Animals, Mountains, Wounds or injuries, Vigilantes, Pacifism, Herbs, Walking
- Locales: Virginia, United States, North Carolina, North America
Inman lies in a Confederate hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina, recovering from a combat wound. He spends much time peering out a window. When well enough, he begins to explore the surroundings of the hospital, meeting a blind man he had seen through the window. The blind man observes that it is better to have been born blind than to lose sight after seeing the world. Inman decides to desert from the army and return to Cold Mountain and his beloved Ada.
Ada, the sole inhabitant of the Black Cove farm, struggles to feed herself. After her father died, Ada...
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