Cold Mountain NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks with author Charles Frazier about his new novel, called Cold Mountain. It's his first novel, and it's set in the last year of the Civil War. The story is loosely based on the story of a distant relative of Frazier's, named W.P. Inman... a Confederate soldier wounded at Petersburg. In the novel, Inman leaves his hospital bed in Raleigh, and embarks on a journey across North Carolina back home to Cold Mountain and Ada, the woman he loves. Along the way he sees both a landscape and people ravaged by war and poverty. At the same time, Ada inherits a farm from her father which she knows nothing about running, and must learn about living off the land. The novel... which has become an unlikely best-seller... is a story of two people on a journey toward each other.