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Author: Ron Rash Narrator: Phil Gigante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9781423373698
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The year is 1929, and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton arrive in North Carolina 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 worker, overseeing crews, hunting rattlesnakes, even saving her husband's life in the wilderness.

Together Serena and George ruthlessly kill or vanquish all who fall out of their favor. But when Serena learns that she will never bear a child, she sets out on her own to kill the son George had 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 finale.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A harrowing tour de force that might be the most timely and dangerous novel released this fall…Rash has gone beyond any Southern gothic tale to weave a complex and riveting portrait in the tradition of Gabriel Garcia Marquez…Brilliantly conceived.”

    Huffington Post

  • “With bone-chilling aplomb, linguistic grace, and the piercing fatalism of an Appalachian ballad, Mr. Rash lets the Pembertons’ new union generate ripple after ripple of astonishment…Among this novel’s many wonders are Mr. Rash’s fine ear for idiomatic, laconic talk, and the startling contrast he creates between Serena and her new neighbors.”

    New York Times

  • “Masterfully written…The book is consistently heartbreaking in its portrayal of what humans are capable of…Sprawling [and] engrossing.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “From that arresting opening…the violence escalates along with the tension in this absorbing story about rapacious greed in Depression-era Appalachia…Thrilling stuff.”


  • “A powerful tale, well told, Serena is enriched by Rash’s artful use of language. With just the right turn of phrase, dead-on details, and subtle use of symbol, he delivers a story that will remain with readers long after the final page.”

    Charlotte Observer

  • “Beautifully written.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Too hypnotic to break away from…And the final chapter is as flawless and captivating as anything I’ve read this year, a perfectly creepy shock that will leave you hearing nothing but the wind between the stumps.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • A 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • Selected for the October 2008 Indie Next List
  • A 2008 Christian Science Monitor Book of the Year for Fiction

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About the Author

Ron Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and New York Times bestselling novel Serena. His other works include One Foot in EdenSaints at the River, and The World Made Straight, as well as numerous short story collections and three collections of poems. Chemistry, and Other Stories was a finalist for the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award, and he has received the O. Henry Prize twice. Rash currently teaches at Western Carolina University.

About the Narrator

Phil Gigante has narrated more than two hundred audiobooks, earning ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and three of the prestigious Audie Awards for best narration. An actor, director, and producer with over twenty years of experience in theater, film, television, and radio, he is currently the artistic director of Gigantic Productions and Little Giant Children’s Theatre.