In the aftermath of World War II, hundreds of thousands of
Yugoslavia?s ethnic Germans ? Schwabians ? were expelled by Tito?s Partisan
regime. A further sixty-thousand were killed.
Seventy years later, a young married woman travels with her
lover to find the truth behind her grandparents? flight to America. Alternating
between the late 1940s and contemporary Serbia, the woman?s story of a
dysfunctional marriage and new relationship is interwoven with her growing
knowledge of the nightmare horrors of genocide. As her journey unfolds the
woman gains connection to the unidentified lost, to the memory of her
grandfather, to the man beside her, and to her grandmother suffering from
Alzheimer?s back home in America.
What Remains at the End
considers what happens when the truth goes unspoken and asks how it can be
recovered ? if there is anything left to recover in the face of so many secrets.
Alexandra Ford has written an intriguing debut novel of personal relationships played
out against some of the very worst results of realpolitik, where human life is
subjugated to political and national ideology.