How do you compete with Charles Frazier? Nightwoods is a wonderful book—one of those rare novels that you’re glad you’ve read; wish you hadn’t so you could have that first-time delight again; and that have changed the way you look at the world in ways that cannot be undone. How does he make such bizarre characters not only believable but convincing? Real? I don’t know. What I do know is that, if you haven’t read Nightwoods yet, you must.