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Skeletons at the Feast: A Novel
by Chris Bohjalian

Published: 2009-02-10
Paperback : 400 pages
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A masterful love story set against a backdrop of epic history and unforgettable courage

In the waning months of World War II, a small group of people begin the longest journey of their lives.

At the center is eighteen-year-old Anna, the daughter of Prussian aristocrats, and her first love, ...
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A masterful love story set against a backdrop of epic history and unforgettable courage

In the waning months of World War II, a small group of people begin the longest journey of their lives.

At the center is eighteen-year-old Anna, the daughter of Prussian aristocrats, and her first love, a twenty-year-old Scottish prisoner of war named Callum. With his boyish good looks and his dedication to her family, he has captured Anna's heart. But he is the enemy, and their love must remain a closely guarded secret. Only Manfred, a twenty-six-year-old Wehrmacht corporal, knows the truth. And Manfred, who is not what he seems to be, is reluctantly taken with Anna, just as she finds herself drawn uncomfortably to him.

As these unlikely allies work their way west, their flight will test both Anna's and Callum's love, as well as their friendship with Manfred?and will forever bind the young trio together.


Includes special bonus material: Chris Bohjalian responds to questions from book groups and readers

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  "Brilliantly crafted story of the journeys taken during the final collapse of the 3rd Reich"by zodejodie4 (see profile) 04/10/20

Bohjalian's deft prose immerses you in the journey of a family of Prussian aristocrats fleeing the advance of the Russian Army in the final months of World War II during the collapse of the Third Reich.... (read more)

 
  "Read this historical fiction"by ebach (see profile) 10/29/17

So far, I've read nine Chris Bohjalian novels (including his latest, THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT, coming in March 2018). Some have been historical fiction, some suspense/thrillers, all literary. I'... (read more)

 
  "Important book to read"by SandyTague (see profile) 07/11/11

Although this is a novel, much WW II history is contained in it. The story is intriguing. These events need to be written about and read by all.

 
  "Skeletons at the Feast"by cmardin (see profile) 07/08/11

Varied experiences and backgrounds lead to unexpected friendships during war. There is much sadness and brutality but also acts of kindness, bravery and hope. I cared about the characters and found myself... (read more)

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