Asheville’s Mountain Xpress reports that Ron Rash’s bestselling novel, Serena, is being made into a movie starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.
“Rash’s Depression-era novel tells the story of a timber baron, George Pemberton, and his ruthless wife, Serena, who move to Western North Carolina to create a business empire. When Serena finds out she cannot bear children, her anger becomes directed toward her husband’s illegitimate son.”
The film will be shot in and around Asheville, which was recently the location for the upcoming book-turned-movie, The Hunger Games, also–coincidentally–starring Jennifer Lawrence.
Ron Rash is the winner of many awards, and the author of four prize-winning novels; four collections of poems; four collections of stories; and a children’s book. A recipient of the O. Henry Prize, he holds the John Parris Chair in Appalachian Studies at Western Carolina University.