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ISBN13: 9780061470844
ISBN10: 0061470848
Condition: Student Owned
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A New York Times bestseller and PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist, Serena by award-winning author Ron Rash is "masterfully written…sprawling, engrossing and — from time to time — nightmarish,” (San Francisco Chronicle); a remarkable novel that “recalls both John Steinbeck and Cormac McCarthy,” (The New Yorker). Rash's chilling gothic tale of greed, corruption, and revenge set against the backdrop of the 1930s wilderness and Americas burgeoning environmental movement was named a Best Book of the Year by more than a dozen national publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, and Miami Herald. Serena is brilliant contemporary fiction that exquisitely balances beauty and violence, passion and rage, cruelty and love.

Review:

“From the moment she steps off the train, Serena Pemberton commands center stage in Ron Rashs rough-hewn tale of unchecked ambition. Universal in scope, frightening in its brutality, Serena is an unflinching vision of blighted souls played out against the backdrop of a nearly-lost Appalachia.” David Wroblewski, New York Times bestselling author of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

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“Beautifully written…” Seattle Times

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“A gorgeous, brutal writer.” Richard Price, bestselling author of LUSH LIFE

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“Too hypnotic to break away from...And the final chapter is as flawless and captivating as anything Ive read this year, a perfectly creepy shock that will leave you hearing nothing but the wind between the stumps.” Washington Post Book World

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“With bone-chilling aplomb, linguistic grace and the piercing fatalism of an Appalachian ballad, Mr. Rash lets the Pembertons new union generate ripple after ripple of astonishment.” Janet Maslin, The New York Times

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“A harrowing tour de force that might be the most timely and dangerous novel released this fall....Rash has gone beyond any Southern gothic tale to weave a complex and riveting portrait in the tradition of Gabriel Garcia Marquez...brilliantly conceived.” Huffington Post

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“Rash is a storyteller of the highest rank and SERENA confirms this from the opening sentence to the final page. An epic achievement.” Jeffrey Lent, bestselling author of IN THE FALL

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“[Rash] has outdone himself. The story of this brilliant, ambitious, seductive woman is 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 youve finished it, haunt your dreams.” Julia Glass, National Book Award winning author of THREE JUNES

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“An Appalachian retelling of Macbeth, a thriller, a word-perfect evocation of an era and a people, a grim chapter in the history of conservation: if Serena doesnt finally win Ron Rash the overdue attention of the national literary (and cinematic) establishments, I cant imagine what theyre holding out for.” Arthur Phillips, author of Prague

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“Ron Rashs new novel Serena catapults him to the front ranks of the best American novelists. This novel will make a wonderful movie, and the brave actress who plays Serena is a shoe-in for an Academy Award nomination.” Pat Conroy

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“Ron Rashs SERENA will stand as one of the major American novels of this century. It is a flat-out masterpiece-mythic, terrifying, and beautiful.” Lee Smith

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“Beautifully written, utterly unforgettable. To my mind, this novel, as powerful and inexorable as a thunderstorm, is as good a piece of fiction as was published last year and a new classic in the category of love gone terribly wrong.” Anna Quindlen

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“A powerful tale, well told, SERENA is enriched by Rashs artful use of language. With just the right turn of phrase, dead-on details and subtle use of symbol, he delivers a story that will remain with readers long after the final page.” Charlotte Observer

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“From that arresting opening…the violence escalates along with the tension in this absorbing story about rapacious greed in Depression-era Appalachia….Thrilling stuff.” People

Review:

“The opening is unforgettable…the last hundred pages are thrilling…should be a breakthrough for this masterful storyteller.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Synopsis:

A New York Times notable book of the year

Award-winning and New York Times bestselling novelist Ron Rash conjures a gothic tale of greed, corruption, and revenge with a ruthless, powerful, and unforgettable woman at its heart, set amid the wilds of 1930s North Carolina and against the backdrop of America's burgeoning environmental movement.

About the Author

Ron Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner finalist and New York Times bestselling novel Serena, in addition to four other prizewinning novels, The Cove, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight; four collections of poems; and five collections of stories, among them Burning Bright, which won the 2010 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, and Chemistry and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award. Twice the recipient of the O. Henry Prize, he teaches at Western Carolina University.

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jtsweetfamily, October 22, 2014 (view all comments by jtsweetfamily)
I had a very hard time keeping myself interested in this book. This was not because of the story or the writing (both are very well done), but because I just could not tolerate the book's namesake, Serena. I have to say that this is the first book I've read where my dislike of a character has made it a struggle to even finish the book. Normally I find that the characters who get under my skin, are usually one of the best reasons to continue and finish a book. However, Serena made it very hard for me to continually pick up this book and find other parts of the story to enjoy (though I did find a few of those). I feel that her only redeeming quality is that she is a well written, strong, refreshing, independent female character.
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Jennifer Bell, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Jennifer Bell)
Awesome novel "noir."
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FPE, May 21, 2012 (view all comments by FPE)
Serena is an unforgettable character, a strong, ruthless, beautiful woman. Lady Macbeth in the woods of 1930s North Carolina. This book stayed with me a long, long time.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061470844
Author:
Rash, Ron
Publisher:
Ecco
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
20090929
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb

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Product details 400 pages Ecco - English 9780061470844 Reviews:
"Review" by , “From the moment she steps off the train, Serena Pemberton commands center stage in Ron Rashs rough-hewn tale of unchecked ambition. Universal in scope, frightening in its brutality, Serena is an unflinching vision of blighted souls played out against the backdrop of a nearly-lost Appalachia.”
"Review" by , “Beautifully written…”
"Review" by , “A gorgeous, brutal writer.”
"Review" by , “Too hypnotic to break away from...And the final chapter is as flawless and captivating as anything Ive read this year, a perfectly creepy shock that will leave you hearing nothing but the wind between the stumps.”
"Review" by , “With bone-chilling aplomb, linguistic grace and the piercing fatalism of an Appalachian ballad, Mr. Rash lets the Pembertons new union generate ripple after ripple of astonishment.”
"Review" by , “A harrowing tour de force that might be the most timely and dangerous novel released this fall....Rash has gone beyond any Southern gothic tale to weave a complex and riveting portrait in the tradition of Gabriel Garcia Marquez...brilliantly conceived.”
"Review" by , “Rash is a storyteller of the highest rank and SERENA confirms this from the opening sentence to the final page. An epic achievement.”
"Review" by , “[Rash] has outdone himself. The story of this brilliant, ambitious, seductive woman is 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 youve finished it, haunt your dreams.”
"Review" by , “An Appalachian retelling of Macbeth, a thriller, a word-perfect evocation of an era and a people, a grim chapter in the history of conservation: if Serena doesnt finally win Ron Rash the overdue attention of the national literary (and cinematic) establishments, I cant imagine what theyre holding out for.”
"Review" by , “Ron Rashs new novel Serena catapults him to the front ranks of the best American novelists. This novel will make a wonderful movie, and the brave actress who plays Serena is a shoe-in for an Academy Award nomination.”
"Review" by , “Ron Rashs SERENA will stand as one of the major American novels of this century. It is a flat-out masterpiece-mythic, terrifying, and beautiful.”
"Review" by , “Beautifully written, utterly unforgettable. To my mind, this novel, as powerful and inexorable as a thunderstorm, is as good a piece of fiction as was published last year and a new classic in the category of love gone terribly wrong.”
"Review" by , “A powerful tale, well told, SERENA is enriched by Rashs artful use of language. With just the right turn of phrase, dead-on details and subtle use of symbol, he delivers a story that will remain with readers long after the final page.”
"Review" by , “From that arresting opening…the violence escalates along with the tension in this absorbing story about rapacious greed in Depression-era Appalachia….Thrilling stuff.”
"Review" by , “The opening is unforgettable…the last hundred pages are thrilling…should be a breakthrough for this masterful storyteller.”
"Synopsis" by , A New York Times notable book of the year

Award-winning and New York Times bestselling novelist Ron Rash conjures a gothic tale of greed, corruption, and revenge with a ruthless, powerful, and unforgettable woman at its heart, set amid the wilds of 1930s North Carolina and against the backdrop of America's burgeoning environmental movement.

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