BookBrowse Reviews Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian

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Skeletons at the Feast

by Chris Bohjalian

Skeletons at the Feast
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  • First Published:
    May 2008, 384 pages
    Paperback:
    Feb 2009, 384 pages

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A rich tapestry that puts a moving face on one of the 20th-century's greatest tragedies

Just when we thought we have read all there is to read about the horrors of WWII, along comes this book which shows us yet another perspective—that of civilian Germans—women, children and old people fleeing their own country in an attempt to escape west ahead of the advancing Russian army.

An editor of historical fiction once told me that history is simply human stories and each story is made up of several stories. In Skeletons, Mr.Bohjalian has captured stories that might not have ever been told but surely deserve to be heard by all who value human tenacity and cherish freedom.

Another reason I believe he "got it right" is when you find yourself thinking about a book and its characters for days, even weeks, after you have completed it, you know it has made an impact on you. Skeletons at the Feast was that kind of book for me. Although it is a work...

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About the Author
Fans of Chris Bohjalian are probably very pleased that he did not take the advice given him by the writer-in-residence when he applied for a writing seminar in college. After reading the short story required for admittance, the writer/instructor "slid my short story across the expanse of the desk as if it were a piece of profoundly disagreeable road kill. 'I have three words for you, she said. Be a banker'."

Instead he had the courage to follow his dream and take his own advice which he now doles out to new writers wanting to be discovered. "Have a thick skin. Read lots and write often about things that interest you passionately. The key is to care so deeply about a subject that you are willing to give up a year or two...

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