Thirteen Moons, by Charles Frazier

Thirteen Moons Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier

My review

rating: 3 of 5 stars
Charles Frazier takes his title from the thirteen moons that cross the year, and like those moons, the book marks time across the years of the title character's adulthood. Will Cooper comes to the frontier, beyond it, even, as a bound boy whose job is to work at a remote trading post.

Living in the West (when west was the area around Kentucky and Tennessee)during the time just before and during the removal of the Native Americans to reservations, Will soon becomes good friends with Drowning Bear, a local chief of sorts. His life and fortunes entertwine with those of his adopted tribe while in many ways he remains removed from them in some essential way.

The book kept me interested and involved throughout the story, but ultimately I found it somewhat unsatisfying. There was no real resolution to the story arc, much like real life, I guess, which frequently lacks the big bang finale or pat finish.

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