Skeletons At The Feast by Chris Bohjalian - 372 pages
In January 1945, in the waning months of World War II, a small group of people begin the longest journey of their lives: an attempt to cross the remnants of the Third Reich, from Warsaw to the Rhine if necessary, to reach the British and American lines.
Among the group is eighteen-year-old Anna Emmerich, the daughter of Prussian aristocrats. There is her lover, Callum Finella, a twenty-year-old Scottish prisoner of war who was brought from the stalag to her family’s farm as forced labor. And there is a twenty-six-year-old Wehrmacht corporal, who the pair know as Manfred–who is, in reality, Uri Singer, a Jew from Germany who managed to escape a train bound for Auschwitz.
As they work their way west, they encounter a countryside ravaged by war. Their flight will test both Anna’s and Callum’s love, as well as their friendship with Manfred–assuming any of them even survive.
My Review: 5 stars
This is probably my favorite Bohjalian book in his repertoire. The horror of the Holocaust was strikingly well told as were the characterizations of the motley crew heading West out of Germany. With romance, duplicity and familial love strongly portrayed in between the atrocities of the Holocaust, this book was very well written.
Tags: Historical Fiction, 2009, Holocaust, Favorites
Labels: 2009, Favorites, Historical Fiction, Holocaust