Skeletons at the Feast In works like 1998's Midwives , Chris Bohjalian has shown a prodigious gift for exploring how people are transformed by a single horrific and random… Skeletons at the Feast In works like 1998's Midwives , Chris Bohjalian has shown a prodigious gift for exploring how people are transformed by a single horrific and random… 2008-05-06 Fiction Shaye Areheart
Book Review

Skeletons at the Feast (2008)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: May 06, 2008; Writer: Chris Bohjalian; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Shaye Areheart

In works like 1998's Midwives, Chris Bohjalian has shown a prodigious gift for exploring how people are transformed by a single horrific and random act. The horror in Skeletons at the Feast is relentless: A Prussian family, the Scottish POW assigned to work on their farm, and a Jew disguised as a Third Reich soldier attempt to escape through the frozen, war-torn tundra of 1945 Germany. Bohjalian's characters are not unappealing, but they are no dramatic match for the constant spectre of death. Ultimately, they become flat clichés amid the terrible din of battle. B-

Originally posted May 02, 2008 Published in issue #990 May 09, 2008 Order article reprints
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