The story is a parable, dealing with the difficulties post-war German generations have had comprehending the Holocaust; aimed specifically at the German generation who came after WWII. The novel was featured in Oprah's Book Club in 1999) and made into a 2008 movie. It became the first German book to top The New York Times bestselling books list. It has been translated into 37 languages and included in the curricula of college-level courses in Holocaust literature.
I am exhilarated with books that make my heart race. That keep you up at night turning pages because you just can't stop until you find out what happens next. Throw in some tension, evil souls and a dose of trepidation and I am hooked! For these reasons, I was captivated by "Serena" by Ron Rash from the very first paragraph.
When I went home this Christmas I was so delighted to come across this old book, which I got shortly after graduating from university. It felt like catching up with an old friend and I wanted to hug Melquiades, Colonel Aureliano and Rebeca with her bones rattling in a bag all over again. / MH