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Skeletons at the Feast

by Chris Bohjalian

Skeletons at the Feast
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    May 2008, 384 pages
    Feb 2009, 384 pages

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The Making of a Historical Novel
Skeletons at the Feast had its origin ten years ago when good friends of Bohjalian's family shared a diary from their East Prussian grandmother from the years 1920-1945, including the arduous trek west ahead of the Soviet Army. Eight years later, Bohjalian read Armagedden, Max Hasting's history of the last year of war in Germany, and was struck by how often the anecdotes in Hasting's non-fiction mirrored moments in the grandmother's diary. It was upon a second reading of the diary that he began to imagine a novel.

"I will tell you that I felt an enormous responsibility to the people I interviewed while researching the topic to get it ...

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