The Cove

The Cove

[a Novel]

Book - 2012
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"Set during World War One, The Cove is a novel that speaks intimately to today's politics. Beautifully written, tough, raw, uncompromising, entirely new. Ron Rash is a writer's writer who writes for others."
--Colum McCann

"Ron Rash is a writer of both the darkly beautiful and the sadly true; The Cove solidifies his reputation as one of our very finest novelists."
--Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls

Here is a magnificent tale that captures the wondrous beauty of nature and love--and the darkness of superstition and fear--from one of America's most exciting contemporary novelists. With The Cove, Ron Rash, author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller Serena, returns to the Appalachian milieu he has previously so memorably evoked. A two-time O. Henry Prize winner for his short fiction--and recipient of the 2010 Frank O'Connor International Story Award and the 2010 SIBA Book Award for his story collection Burning Bright--Rash can expect more honors for The Cove, a novel that brilliantly explores often dangerous notions of patriotism during wartime. This story of a love affair doomed in the rising turmoil of WWI resonates powerfully in today's world.

Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2012
ISBN: 9780061804199
Branch Call Number: RASH
Characteristics: 255 p. ; 24 cm

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

The Cove is a quiet novel that takes some time to really build its story. Rash takes these characters who are all outcasts in one way or another and lets them live out their story on the page. Everything—the imagery, the setting, et cetera—are very organic in the story. Along the way he stops and gives the reader a sense of the scents and tastes. He makes it seem so easy.

It's such a quiet story, but once the pace picks up, it moves until it reaches its startling conclusion. But none of it feels forced. It's sort of what I expected from the place and these characters. It works because it is natural. Rash knows his characters, their homes, and their world.

beebee40 Jul 18, 2014

I am a fan of Rash so i was disappointed with this novel. It was, even though a novel, just not believable. He seemed to have thrown it together as if his heart was not in it.

Serena, wonderful; the Cove, a shadow of Serena and his other work.

BarbM1262 Oct 16, 2013

Living deep within a cover in the Appalachians of NC during WWI, Laurel finally finds the happiness she deserves in Walter, but their love cannot protect them from a devastating secret.

timbert Apr 06, 2013

Good prose & well constructed, though somewhat surreal story. Not a strong plot but enough tension to hold the reader, always a hint of coming disaster which the ending certainly provided though is also a small glimmer of salvation.
It stays in the memory.

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hiking1957
Feb 23, 2013

This book started out good. I liked that there was a hint of witchery and superstitions. The ending felt like the author just wanted to be done and hurried to the end. So, it was okay but I really think it could have been better.

rhuber6202 Jul 29, 2012

A sweet, melancholy novel, yet also full of the kind of prejudices we are so prone to in times of war. I enjoyed it!

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judi38
Jun 21, 2012

outstanding! read it in 4 hours! compelling characters.

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