The next book available to BGO members is Serena by Ron Rash. 8 copies are available to UK BGO members, please reply to this thread AND send me a pm if you would like to reserve a copy.
A New York Times Book of the Year * A Washington Post Book of the Year * A Publishers Weekly Book of the Year * An Amazon.com Book of the Year
Publication date August 2009
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The year is 1929, and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton arrive from Boston in the North Carolina mountains to create a timber empire. Serena is new to the mountains – but she soon shows herself the equal of any worker, overseeing crews, hunting rattlesnakes, even saving her husband’s life in the wilderness. Yet she also learns that she will never bear a child. Serena’s discovery will set in motion a course of events that will change the lives of everyone in this remote community. As the Pembertons’ intense, passionate marriage starts to unravel, this riveting story of love, passion and revenge moves toward its shocking reckoning.
"A stunningly effective novel that is stark, fierce, dramatic and gripping from its unforgettable opening paragraph." - New York Times, Top Ten Books of 2008
"It’s too hypnotic to break away from. Innocent people are in peril, and calamity seems as unstoppable . . . The final chapter is as flawless and captivating as anything I’ve read this year." - Washington Post
"Rash’s evocative rendering of the blighted landscape and the tough characters who inhabit it recalls both John Steinbeck and Cormac McCarthy, while the malignant character of Serena, who projects a “stark unflinching certainty” about her actions, propels his finely paced story." - New Yorker
"A story that's sprawling, engrossing and - from time to time - nightmarish. The tension builds so well that occasionally you just want whatever monstrosity is approaching to be over." - San Francisco Chronicle