Finale with Frazier: Cold Mountain Book Club The final installment of the Cold Mountain Book Club meets at Collected Works Bookstore (202 Galisteo St.) at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29. The book up for discussion is none other than Cold Mountain, and the session will be moderated by its author, Charles Frazier. Cold Mountain was Frazier’s first novel. It received the National Book Award in 1997, and in 2003 Anthony Minghella adapted the screenplay and directed the film version, which went on to be nominated for seven Academy Awards. The monthly book club began meeting in March to explore literature dealing with the Civil War, selected by Frazier, prior to the debut of the opera Cold Mountain on Aug. 1 at the Santa Fe Opera.
Books to set the scene included Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass and The Unvanquished by William Faulkner. In Cold Mountain, a soldier named W.P. Inman deserts the Confederate army in the waning days of the war. Though badly injured, he sets off to walk home to the mountain of the title, located in western North Carolina. Back on Cold Mountain, Ada Monroe, the wealthy and coddled daughter of a recently deceased preacher, learns how to work her own farm with the strong leadership of Ruby, a local girl who’s intimately familiar with the region’s flora and fauna and what it takes to survive without husbands or help. Ada and Inman were almost an item, but she hasn’t seen him since he left to fight four years earlier. The closer he gets to Cold Mountain, the more determined he is to marry Ada, even though he knows he’s battle-ravaged, physically and psychologically. Frazier reads selections from the book and engages participants in an in-depth question-and-answer session about the characters, plot, themes, and other elements of the novel.