Most works of literature are an interpretation or a response to life. Historical novels about WWII continue to be an important part of the literary fabric and Skeletons at the Feast is no exception. We must never forget the Holocaust, nor can we downplay the atrocities that occurred during this dark period of time. While it may have been difficult to read some of the parts in Chris Bohjalin's novel, I didn't find the violence or descriptions of what occurred gratuitous in any way. Actually, just when the reader thinks they've had enough is when he releases us and focuses on the other part of the story- that of family connections, unlikely friendships, and romance.