Serena. Wow. I try not to read any reviews of the book I am reading until well after I wrote my own, but I wanted to see if others liked this book as much as I do.
So there's this guy, Pemberton. That's his last name, but it's what everyone calls him. He is a manager of a plot of land in the NC mountains owned by the Boston Lumber Company in 1929, well after the crash. The area is poor. Very, very poor. And Pemberton is rich. He's also handsome, well built, and tall. Keep that in mind when you see the movie coming out this year.
Pemberton has been in this camp for some time and ends up getting a 15 year local girl pregnant. You will love Rachel. She's steadfast and solid and gets more beautiful with age.
Enter Serena. To call her a goddess doesn't do her justice. Not only is she gorgeous, she wears pants (scandalous!), she wears her blonde hair in a bob (harlot!), she rides a horse better than any man, she knows more about lumber and logging than any man in the company, she trains an eagle, and she is one of the most single-minded characters I have ever encountered. What Serena wants, Serena gets. Bam. Theme of the book.
Read this book. You won't regret it. The movie comes out this year. It will star Jennifer Lawrence as Serena and Bradley Cooper as Pemberton.
Now about the author: Ron Rash was born in South Carolina, but grew up in North Carolina. He is currently a professor at Western Carolina University. He's also probably pretty rich now since Serena is being made into a movie. He has some other books, Saints at the River and The Cove, that I have in my library.