Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Serena by Ron Rash

I think if I were to re-title this book, I'd call it "Serena: the baddest bitch of the woods" (although that probably would offend a whole lot of people, but whatever). At any rate, this novel is about a young couple who run a timber business in North Carolina during the Great Depression. At first, no one really takes beautiful Serena or her ideas about business all that seriously. That swiftly changes as even her poor husband, George, becomes a pawn in her game. Before marrying Serena, George unintentionally impregnates a local girl, Rachel. After Serena cannot bear children, Rachel and her child are her next targets.

Overall, a very dark and menacing book. If you liked MacBeth, you'd probably like Serena. I think this book had the highest body count out of any book I've read in a long time, although most of the deaths are widely attributed to tree accidents.

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