The year is 1929, and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton travel from Boston to the North Carolina mountains where they plan to create a timber empire. Although George has already lived in the camp long enough to father an illegitimate child, Serena is new to the mountains—but she soon shows herself to be the equal of any man, overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, eve...more
i am alarmed that i only wrote a four-line review of this amazing book. now that i am starting to read the cove, i figure now is as good a time as any to remind this website just how good ron rash is, and how so far, serena is the best of them. (i am only on page 15 of the cove, so this could change)
whenever i try to hand-sell this at work, i will usually just say: "it is like macbeth in a logging community. with a greek chorus." whi...more
Serena focuses mainly on the Pembertons - newlywed timber barons working t...more
It is rare that a book physically affects me, but Serena did. As I rocketed towards the finale, my heart pumped faster and my palms started to sweat. Turning each page felt like the long and low creaking of a door opening in a horror film. There is a suffocating...more
Bashing in a raccoon's skull with an axe...Starving a captive eagle to bend it to your will...Baiting a field with corn and apples so you can shoot twelve deer and a bear for sport, then just leave them all piled in the middle of the field to rot after you've killed them...Are you sickened yet? I found mys...more
She and her husband George Pemberton are Depression-era timber barons in North Carolina. We’re introduced to them...more
"Serena" is the Shakespearean/Greek tragedy-esque tale of Pemberton, his titular wife, and the teenager upon which Pemberton sired his bastard s...more
Love to see the "power hungry female" fleshed out and OWNING it. Truly unlikeable character(s) in actions and deeds. Business partner not agree with your vision? Hunting accident. Disloyalty? Make an example out of him. The courageous and altruistic? SO DEAD. Strip and rape the land, too. Then move onto another country. Repeat.
Wow. Just wow.
On the other hand, her husband, a much better d...more
Mr. Rash writes entertaining books that rock along with enough fore shadowing to keep you interested until there has been so much cliché and fore sha...more
I have always wanted to be a reader who can say about a book, "Wow, I did not like the plot, but the writing was so good it made up...more
It's not that it isn't entertaining. I just couldn't really get myself to give two craps about any of the characters. And I couldn't suspend my disbelief enough to find any of it realistic. (I mean, seriously? T...more
In this beautifully written gothic novel, Rash paints an unforgettable portrait of a truly frightening woman, an "Ayn Rand [character] taken to sociopathic extremes" (Christian Science Monitor). Drawing comparisons to Lady Macbeth and Medea, critics were repulsed and fascinated by Serena. Though some felt that her wickedness, undiluted by the slightest pangs of compassion or empathy, crossed into the realm of caricature toward the end, they all agreed that it was impossible to put the book down....more
The opening chapter reveals that Serena's husband has impregnated one of the local camp workers, set...more
It has the aura of a morality play about the consequences of unchecked capitalism and its brute destruction of the environment and people. The novel is set in a logging camp at the beginning of the depression. Pemberton, the owner, has married Serena, whom he has kn...more
The book opens as Serena and her newlywed husband...more
Serena is, in many ways a horrific story told in lyrical language. It is a saga of rape, robber barons, disregard of the environment and the cruelty and arrogance of privilege.
Even with a just resolution the story leaves a lingering sadness and discomfort after its overall tone of manipulation, greed and ruthlessness plays out.
Another overwhelming feature of the book is its depiction of the...more
We meet her as the new bride of a timber baron arriving to survey 34,000 acres o...more
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