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Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian
Skeletons at the Feast is set near the end of World War II. The Emmerichs have lived in luxury on their Prussian estate during the war, but the encroaching Red Army and the stories of brutality that precede the Russians convince them they must flee west and meet the American and British forces. The father and his oldest sons are called into the German Army, so Mutti takes her 18-year-old daughter Anna and young son and head out on their own. Accompanying them is Callum Finnella, a Scotsman prisoner of war forced into labor on their estate and now Anna's lover. Not only must they avoid the Russians, but any encounter with the German army will cause them to lose Callum. They are joined by a German corporal named Manfred who assists them. Unknown to them, Manfred is Uri Singer, a Jew who escaped while being sent to Auschwitz and who is using his disguise to sabotage German Army war efforts. Chris Bohjalian's novel has received positive reviews with the Rocky Mountain News saying, "Skeletons is a fascinating, sometimes painful read that successfully captures the humanity of one of the 20th century's most horrendous tragedies."