Serena: A Novel epubdownloadTo download now please click the link below.http://amzn.to/17ggJo7OverviewThe year is 1929, an...
Serena suspects George is protecting his illegitimate family, the Pembertonsintense, passionate marriage starts to unravel...
The opening chapter reveals that Serenas husband has impregnated one of thelocal camp workers, setting up a conflict that ...
consumption has on the environment and the ruthless attitude of business gonewild.The story is a slow-burn narrative, not ...
produce an heir and she begins to worry whether Pemberton is secretly helpinghis illegitimate son and his mother.Serena go...
could have gone over the top or she could have mellowed, but in Mr. Rashsbrilliant hand, she jumps off the page, and mesme...
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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, even saving her husband's life in the wilderness. Together this lord and lady of the woodlands ruthlessly kill or vanquish all who fall out of favor. Yet when Serena learns that she will never bear a child, she sets out to murder the son George fathered without her. Mother and child begin a struggle for their lives, and when Serena suspects George is protecting his illegitimate family, the Pembertons' intense, passionate marriage starts to unravel as the story moves toward its shocking reckoning.

Rash's masterful balance of violence and beauty yields a riveting novel that, at its core, tells of love both honored and betrayed.

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  1. 1. Serena: A Novel epubdownloadTo download now please click the link below.http://amzn.to/17ggJo7OverviewThe year is 1929, and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton travel fromBoston to the North Carolina mountains where they plan to create a timberempire. Although George has already lived in the camp long enough to father anillegitimate child, Serena is new to the mountains—but she soon shows herself tobe the equal of any man, overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, even savingher husbands life in the wilderness. Together this lord and lady of thewoodlands ruthlessly kill or vanquish all who fall out of favor. Yet when Serenalearns that she will never bear a child, she sets out to murder the son Georgefathered without her. Mother and child begin a struggle for their lives, and when
  2. 2. Serena suspects George is protecting his illegitimate family, the Pembertonsintense, passionate marriage starts to unravel as the story moves toward itsshocking reckoning.Rashs masterful balance of violence and beauty yields a riveting novel that, atits core, tells of love both honored and betrayed.ReviewsIn the primeval woods of North Carolina, young timber baron, GeorgePemberton, brings his bride, Serena, to live with him in his kingdom. He hadbeen busy enough already, fathering a child with a local girl and clear-cuttingwide swaths of land. Serena quickly establishes herself as a power in her ownright, knowledgeable about the timber business from her family background inColorado, frightened of nothing and totally, totally ruthless. She is both analmost deitific figure and a satanic one. She will tolerate no criticism and herambition is beyond measure. Beware, any who would cross her path. Bothmurderer of people and proud rapist of the landscape, she acquires a henchmanto take care of her dirtiest deeds, among which is the removal of George’sbastard child, and the child’s mother, and less human assistants as well.Literature with a capital L. Serena is one of the great dark females in literaryhistory, up there with Livia, Lady MacBeth and others of their ilk. Beautiful,beautiful writing.This is the most satisfying read I have had all year. Ron Rash is a major find. Itis a wonder that he is not as well known as Ondaatje or others on that highplain. A feast, a powerful tale accompanied by a symphony of classical andliterary tones. Hubris, greed, man and god, doing the right thing, magic,vengeance, good and evil, the essence of America, capitalism, and with a Greekchorus to boot. If this is not made into a world-class, best-picture level film itwill be a huge, huge loss. This is a very cinematic book, rich in color, scenery,imagery, dramatic settings, shocking events, bigger than life characters, and allwith purpose. Major, major work. It makes one yearn for more.This is a great new book by Ron Rash, who teaches at Western CarolinaUniversity. It is set in a lumber camp in the mountains of North Carolina duringthe Great Depression. The title character, Serena Pemberton, has just joined herhusband at the camp as the book begins. Although most of the managers wivesstay away from the rough-and-tumble, backwoods camp, Serena quickly assertsher leadership.
  3. 3. The opening chapter reveals that Serenas husband has impregnated one of thelocal camp workers, setting up a conflict that must eventually be resolved.Serena is a character of supreme ambition who will not let anything, or anyone,stand in her way. The true extent of her evil nature is revealed as the books plotdevelops.The author has spent a lot of effort researching the books setting. As a result,these characters from an almost forgotten time seem real. The only fault I wouldmention is that the book has so many minor characters it is occasionally difficultto keep track of them all. This is a real page turner.I bought this book after being blown away by Ron Rashs "The Cove". I expectedanother gem of a southern novel, and got one. But where The Cove has the feelof a sweet, sad mountain ballad, Serena is a dark Gothic masterpiece, completewith deteriorating world (in the form of massive clear cutting in the Great SmokyMountains), tempting villain (Serena herself), and fallen hero (her husband,Pemberton). We are even treated to something of a Greek chorus, in the form ofone of the timber crews, who give us the "everymans" perspective on theevents of the novel. Absolutely brilliant!I loved so many things about this novel its hard to know where to start. Ofcourse, Rashs writing is wonderful - so lyrical and evocative of everything fromthe lives of the "highlanders" to the beauty of the mountains to the light anddark of his characters. The time and place are interesting - the novel is setamidst the holdings of a timber company at the time - during the Depression -when the federal government is finalizing the land purchases and eminentdomain takings that will establish the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Thecharacters are fascinating and diverse, and even the most minor impart colorand flavor to the story. And something I didnt really figure out until I turned thelast page, but that was so effective: although the main character is Serena, Rashnever narrates from her perspective. She is the centerpiece, but we learn abouther through the eyes of all the other characters in the book.I cant recommend this book highly enough. Pure pleasure from start to finish.Rash has combined his unique and heartfelt view of the Appalachian wildernessand paired it against a larger than life, disturbingly vicious female character. Thebook shows what great devastation and ecological impact that unchecked
  4. 4. consumption has on the environment and the ruthless attitude of business gonewild.The story is a slow-burn narrative, not quick and suspenseful, butcontemplative. It takes its time in developing each character and showing notonly how they react to each other, but how they react to the naturalenvironment (i.e. Serenas brash consumption against Rachels holisticutilization). Rash uses excellent dialogue and minimal flashbacks to keep thestory moving all while keeping the tension and the undercurrent of suspicion, allthe way up to the storys wonderful climax.Though not fast-paced or a cliff-hanger mystery story, Serena takes its time indeveloping well-thought out characters and infusing an authentic Appalachianculture and attitude into a sweeping landscape and narrative. Rashs writing isclear and honest, choosing to forgo frilly diction for powerful images.This novel opens with a bang. Pemberton brings his new wife, Serena, home toAppalachia and his logging camp. Waiting for him as the train stops is the fatherof the young woman who is pregnant with Pembertons child. The girls fatherplans to kill Pemberton as his pregnant daughter watches. Things turn outdifferently, however. Pemberton, with the blessing of his wife Serena, duels withthe father and kills him. Serena gives the daughter the knife from her fathersbody and tells her that she will never get any help from them for her child.The book progresses as the couple builds a logging empire, razing the land allaround them to stumps and polluting the environment. This is told in the back-drop of the Great Depression and FDRs starting up of National Parks. Naturally,the Pembertons are opposed to parks and they buy up all the land they can tolog while buying off all the people they can to turn the outcomes in their favor.Those in their way, they kill or have killed. There is no compassion forthcomingfrom these two.Many others die due to the horrible conditions in the logging camp. As soon assomeone is injured they are fired and replaced. If they die, the next personwaiting for a job gets hired. There is no compensation and certainly nocompassion. Everyone is expendable to the Pembertons.Even in love there is a visage of portending evil. Serena wants Pemberton to besatisfied in life with only her - the two of them together against the world. Shedescribes their lovemaking as annihilation. This is symbolic of the two of themneeding only one another and the rest of the world being expendable if they donot fit into Serena and Pembertans plans. Unfortunately, Serena can not
  5. 5. produce an heir and she begins to worry whether Pemberton is secretly helpinghis illegitimate son and his mother.Serena goes around on her white Arabian horse with an Eagle trained to killrattlesnakes and other enemies. As she begins to suspect that Pemberton mighthave some interests that are not solely her, the balance of love and power beginto shift.I found this a powerful book, beautifully written with wonderfully developedcharacterization. The sense of time and place is superb. I highly recommend thisbook.As with Ron Rashs other writing, this book is poetic and beautiful even when thesubject matter isnt (as is often the case here). Rash crafts a compelling villain inSerena and keeps the novel compulsively readable, even when all the actionsthe main characters commit are despicable. I was particularly impressed with hisuse point of view, which is a distant third. It seems anachronistic at first, butallows the author to be almost invisible, letting events play out withoutjudgement. This also allows for a unique language style that a lesser writerprobably wouldnt be able to pull off. Word choice is appropriate to the period,but the language itself is put together in a somewhat stylized way that serves toput the reader in the characters world.I found it refreshing to read about such an unabashedely evil character. Some ofSerenas psychology drips in, giving depth to her character and hints as to whyshe is the way she it, but her actions are deliberate and Rash never tries tocultivate sympathy for her. In the end, however, I found it hard to completelyhate her. Kind of like hating a snake for being a snake.Not since Ben Ames Williams’ gripping novel, Leave It To Heaven, have weencountered a sinister female sociopath capable of chilling and frighteningreaders. But now there is Serena, the main character in Ron Rashs latest novel.In 1929, during the depression, newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton moveto the Appalachians of North Carolina to build a logging empire. Serena, theLady Macbeth of this stirring novel, proves herself to be the equal of any man inthe camp. She is also without conscience when it comes to ruthless killing orvanquishing anyone who crosses or displeases her. This is a character you cannot turn away from. It is impossible to like anything about the woman, but likethe proverbial train wreck, you can not look away or quit reading. The character
  6. 6. could have gone over the top or she could have mellowed, but in Mr. Rashsbrilliant hand, she jumps off the page, and mesmerizes you.When Serena learns she is barren, she sets out to murder Georges illegitimatechild and their intense, passionate marriage then begins to unravel. From therethe story catapults to a shocking reckoning.This is a lushly rich and compelling study of greed and lust in the search forwealth and power. Some of the issues in the book are as relevant as todaysheadlines, such as conservation and national parks. Mr. Rashs masterful balanceof beauty and violence create a riveting novel of devoted love offset by greatbetrayals.To download now please click the link below.http://amzn.to/17ggJo7

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