In the aftermath of World War II, hundreds of thousands of Yugoslavia's ethnic Germans - Swabians - 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 Endconsiders 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.
Alexandra Ford was born near Philadelphia. She earned her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and her BA from Virginia Tech. Her writing appears in The Rumpus and Blunderbuss Magazine, among others. She lives and works on a smallholding on the border between England and Wales. This is her first novel.