Skeletons at the Feast

By Chris Bohjalian
(Three Rivers Press (CA), Paperback, 9780307394965, 379pp.)

Publication Date: February 10, 2009

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Spring/Summer '09 Reading Group List
“Set in the closing months of World War II, Skeletons at the Feast is a tale of romance, of a desperate last roll of the dice, of a quest for revenge, and a battle for survival. Gripping, illuminating, and, doubtlessly, controversial, the novel considers the question of collective guilt for the Holocaust and vividly illustrates the human costs of war.”
-- Rich Rennicks, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville, NC


Description

A masterful love story set against a backdrop of epic history and unforgettable courage

In the waning months of World War II, a small group of people begin the longest journey of their lives.

At the center is eighteen-year-old Anna, the daughter of Prussian aristocrats, and her first love, a twenty-year-old Scottish prisoner of war named Callum. With his boyish good looks and his dedication to her family, he has captured Anna’s heart. But he is the enemy, and their love must remain a closely guarded secret. Only Manfred, a twenty-six-year-old Wehrmacht corporal, knows the truth. And Manfred, who is not what he seems to be, is reluctantly taken with Anna, just as she finds herself drawn uncomfortably to him.

As these unlikely allies work their way west, their flight will test both Anna’s and Callum’s love, as well as their friendship with Manfred–and will forever bind the young trio together.


Includes special bonus material: Chris Bohjalian responds to questions from book groups and readers




About the Author
Chris Bohjalian is the author of numerous books, many of which have been on the "New York Times" bestseller lists. His novel "Midwives "was an Oprah Book Club pick and a #1 "New York Times" bestseller. His work has been translated into over twenty-five languages.
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