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Serena by Ron Rash
Serena is the daughter of a timber man and the new wife of George Pemberton in 1929, when she accompanies him to the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina to make their fortune by stripping 34,000 acres of trees from the land. George impregnated a local woman before marrying Serena, but she doesn't initially consider the woman a threat. Serena, herself, is the biggest threat in the area, driving the workers hard and rendering their lives cheap if it makes them more money. She becomes a woman to be feared, and when she discovers she's barren, she decides that George's illegitimate son is a problem that has to be dealt with. Ron Rash's novel has received positive reviews with the Washington Post saying, "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."