“Serena”

February 24, 2009 at 3:56 pm | Posted in Fiction | 3 Comments

Usually it takes 30-40 pages to warm up to a book, to adjust to the setting and get to know the characters.  Serena is not such a book.  I was sucked in by the middle of page 2.  Ron Rash has created a heroine of Shakespearean dimensions, and a story with the force of Greek myth.

It’s easy to make assumptions about the title of a book.  I saw the name Serena and instantly thought this would be a romantic tale about a limpid-eyed beauty with a poetic nature and pages worth of fine wardrobe.  Let me reassure you that this is definitely not that kind of book.

Serena probably won’t be the female lead you admire most.  But she is likely to be the female lead you remember best at the end of the year.

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