Gwinnett Reads 2008
In Charles Frazier's follow-up to the runaway bestseller, "Cold Mountain", comes the story of one man's remarkable life, spanning a century of relentless change. At the age of twelve, an orphan named Will Cooper is given a horse, a key, and a map and is sent on a journey through the wilderness to the edge of the Cherokee Nation, the uncharted white space on the map. Will is a bound boy, obliged to run a remote Indian trading post. As he fulfills his lonesome duty, Will finds a father in Bear, a Cherokee chief, and is adopted by him and his people, developing relationships that ultimately forge Will's character. All the while, his love of Claire, the enigmatic and captivating charge of volatile and powerful Featherstone, will forever rule Will's heart. In a distinct voice filled with both humor and yearning, Will tells of a lifelong search for home, the hunger for fortune and adventure, the rebuilding of a trampled culture, and above all an enduring pursuit of passion.
Many thanks to our 2008 media sponsor, the Gwinnett Daily Post, and to our 2008 community partners: Accent Gwinnett, Chieftans Museum, Eagle Eye Book Shop, Gwinnett Center, Duluth Historical Society, Holiday Inn, Inside Gwinnett Magazine, and Proof of the Pudding.