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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (29 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480582239
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480582231
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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* A bloody - and bloody brilliant - story of passion and revenge. Terrific The Times * Bitter and brilliant ... it could sit comfortably on any bookshelf beside Cormac McCarthy or Charles Frazier ... the plot moves with precision, beautifully wrought. The author's acute sense of place is evident on every page Guardian * A stunningly effective novel that is stark, fierce, dramatic and gripping from its unforgettable opening paragraph -- Janet Maslin 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 * If Serena becomes famous as the basis for a coming Jennifer Lawrence-Bradley Cooper movie, never forget that it began as a fierce, breathtaking book, one of the greatest American novels in recent memory New York Times * In an age when literary fiction is so intent on subtlety that it often winds up virtually inert, a novel with this much uncomplicated gusto and narrative drive is a rare thing; in the case of Serena, it's also a welcome one Salon * A searing tragedy of Shakespearean proportions - or, in simpler terms, a damn good book that will keep you awake far too late and, well after you've finished it, haunt your dreams -- Julia Glass, author of THREE JUNES * A gorgeous, brutal novel -- Richard Price, author of LUSH LIFE --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A gripping piece of storytelling, with an unforgettable woman at its heart – Serena introduces a wonderful novelist to British readers --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David W. Straight on 11 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Serena is an expansion of a long short story by Ron Rash: Pemberton's Bride is the longest and the best of the tales in Chemistry. A second short story from that book, Speckled Trout, was expanded into the novel The World Made Straight. Not many short stories--even long short stories such as Pemberton's Bride--can be made into successful full-length novels. Too often the result has a padded feel to it, as with Edgerton's Bible Salesman, which would have worked best as a novella. But Pemberton's Bride had a power to it, and was intense, compact, dark, and strongly character-driven. There are two central figures--George Pemberton and his new wife Serena--who arrive in western North Carolina to oversee operations on Pemberton's logging operation. A few of the main parts of the plot are altered when the 46-page short story was expanded into a 370-page novel, but the novel is deeper, richer, and darker--there's never a sense of padding.

The very first paragraph of the novel (and short story) quickly set the lasting tone: in 1929 a backwoods father waits on the station platform for the arrival of the Pembertons. He is accompanied by his 16 or 17-year old daughter, pregnant by Pemberton, and carries a freshly-honed bowie knife to plunge into Pemberton's heart. After the Pembertons arrive, some words are exchanged, Harmon draws his bowie knife and approaches Pemberton. "'We're settling this now,' Harmon shouted. 'He's right,' Serena said, "Get your knife and settle it now, Pemberton.'" Which Pemberton indeed does. So you immediately see that Serena is no shrinking violet. She's tough--tougher than Pemberton--and brutal--more brutal than Pemberton. People who stand in the Pembertons' way have an unfortunate tendency to die, usually unpleasantly.
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‘Serena' written by Ron Rash, an American poet and short story writer, is one of his four published novels from 2008.

The novel is set in North Carolina and it happens during the Great Depression, starting with year 1929. The authors of fiction are often accused of unwell fitting of actual events with fiction action, but Ron Rash made a great research exploring the events and characters that are looming in the background - the establishment of the National Park Great Smoky Mountains. With such a combination of a fictional and documentary, the author has added a pinch of private with descriptions of the Appalachian Mountains, where he was born and still lives. Classic style is adapted to the twenties of the last century due to which he was attributed by many as one of the most important authors of the genre and geographical area to which he belongs.

Although the literary and movie world are still adapting to new female heroines, it seems to be quite refreshing from the crowd draw a figure like Serena. As someone said nicely - Ron Rash breathed life to the unmatched villain. Serena is anything but peaceful (lat. Serenus - calm, peaceful). Unscrupulous and beautiful, cruel, but attractive. The author manages to completely fascinate readers balancing between these contrasts

The book begins with the arrival of freshly married George and Serena Pemberton from Boston to the mountains of North Carolina, where wealthy George owns expanses of land and forest base. All will quickly realize that Serena is not one of the women which can be seen around every day. Although new in the area, her personality and ambitions are unmatched by any man. She prefers pants instead of expensive dresses and forestry base of luxurious villas.
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By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Nov. 2014
Format: Paperback
“…the work bell rang. The men left so quickly their cast-down forks and spoons seemed to retain a slight vibration, like pond water rippling after a splash”

Serena is the fourth novel by American author, Ron Rash. The mountains of North Carolina in the early 1930s were the scene of competing land grabs: timber getters like George Pemberton who were determined to make their fortunes clear-felling the slopes; miners like Harris who stripped the denuded land of its minerals; and the government, funded by wealthy patrons like Rockerfeller and Vanderbilt, committed to creating National Parks. Logging in this remote wilderness presented many hazards but the Depression ensured that labour was cheap and plentiful.

It is against this background that Rash sets the story of Serena, newly wed to Pemberton and intent on proving herself equal to any worker in this dangerous place. From the first she shows herself to be extremely capable, but also single-minded, calculating, fiercely possessive and completely ruthless. When she perceives a threat to her business or her marriage, she acts without hesitation, fear or favour. The story is told from three perspectives: George Pemberton, thoroughly enthralled by Serena; sixteen-year-old Rachel Harmon, mother of a son to Pemberton; and foreman Snipes, gauging the mood of his crew of sawyers and offering perceptive comments on their suspicions & superstitions.

Rash gives the reader an original plot, a story that ticks along steadily, eliciting occasional gasps at Serena’s despicable actions, until it builds to a gripping climax.
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