Skeletons at the Feast

Skeletons at the Feast

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In January 1945, in the waning months of World War II, a small group of people begin the longest journey of their lives: an attempt to cross the remnants of the Third Reich, from Warsaw to the Rhine if necessary, to reach the British and American lines.
Among the group is eighteen-year-old Anna Emmerich, the daughter of Prussian aristocrats. There is her lover, Callum Finella, a twenty-year-old Scottish prisoner of war who was brought from the stalag to her family's farm as forced labor. And there is a twenty-six-year-old Wehrmacht corporal, who the pair know as Manfred-who is, in reality, Uri Singer, a Jew from Germany who managed to escape a train bound for Auschwitz.
As they work their way west, they encounter a countryside ravaged by war. Their flight will test both Anna's and Callum's love, as well as their friendship with Manfred-assuming any of them even survive.
Perhaps not since The English Patient has a novel so deftly captured both the power and poignancy of romance and the terror and tragedy of war. Skillfully portraying the flesh and blood of history, Chris Bohjalian has crafted a rich tapestry that puts a face on one of the twentieth century's greatest tragedies-while creating, perhaps, a masterpiece that will haunt readers for generations. "From the Hardcover edition."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 559 pages
  • 154.94 x 226.06 x 35.56mm | 771.1g
  • Random House Large Print Publishing
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type / large print edition
  • 073932795X
  • 9780739327951
  • 2,205,699

About Chris Bohjalian

CHRIS BOHJALIAN is the critically acclaimed author of eleven novels, including "Midwives" (a Publishers Weekly Best Book and an Oprah's Book Club selection), "Before You Know Kindness," and his most recent New York Times bestseller, "The Double Bind." His work has been translated into nineteen languages and published in twenty-two countries. He lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter.
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"Careful research and an unflinching eye. . . Bohjalian's well-chosen descriptions capture the anguish of a tragic era and the dehumanizing desolation wrought by war."
--"Publisher's Weekly"
"Bohjalian is especially good at conveying the surreal 'beauty, ' the misshapen lyricism, of the war-torn landscape: 'Even the stone church had collapsed upon itself...the once imposing pipes of the organ reshaped by heat and flame into giant copper-colored mushrooms.' From harrowing to inspiring."
--"Kirkus Reviews
""Bohjalian demonstrates an intricate historical knowledge and impressively illustrates the stark horrors of the time. . .A compelling read with its mix of history, romance and portrayals of strength in the midst of severe adversity: War really is hell, the book says, but the human spirit is ultimately salvageable."
--Rebecca Stropoli, "Bookpage"
More Praise for Chris Bohjalian
""The Double Bind" is the sort of book you want to read in one sitting, and it packs a twist at the end that will leave you speechless."
--Jodi Picoult
"Bohjalian is a master of literary suspense. . . . [His] are the sorts of books people stay awake all night to finish."
--"Washington Post Book World"
"Few writers can manipulate a plot with Bohjalian's grace and power."
--"New York Times Book Review"
"Bohjalian [is] America's answer to Joanna Trollope."
--"Kirkus Reviews"
"Bohjalian beautifully captures those dizzying moments that follow a tragedy, when disbelief and horror give way to an attempt to understand what has happened . . . authentic . . . haunting. . . . In "Before You Know Kindness," our eyes are opened to the possibility of redemption, even inthese careless times."
--"San Francisco Chronicle"
"Bohjalian proves once again that he is a master novelist."
--"Boston Globe"
""The Double Bind" is simply one of the best written, most compelling, artfully woven novels to grace bookshelves in years. Immediately after the spellbinding surprise ending, readers will want to begin again at the first page. It's THAT good."
--"Associated Press"
"Superbly crafted and astonishingly powerful . . . "Midwives" will thrill readers who cherish their worn copies of "To Kill a Mockingbird,""
"Chris Bohjalian's many fans will be glad to know he's back on the high wire, expertly balancing topical issues with the more timeless concerns of the
human heart. "Before You Know Kindness" is smart, first-rate storytelling."
--Richard Russo "From the Hardcover edition."
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20,810 ratings
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4 43% (8,997)
3 20% (4,073)
2 4% (865)
1 2% (320)
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